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Sep 16

September 13, 2021 Proclamation for National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Posted on September 16, 2021 at 8:49 AM by Taylor McAllister

WHEREAS, You Are Not Forgotten – that’s the central phrase behind the POW/MIA remembrance movement which honors America’s prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families; and 

WHEREAS, the National POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date that’s not associated with any particular war.  In 1979, Congress and President Jimmy Carter passed resolutions making it official after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability; and 

 WHEREAS, many of our service members suffered as prisoners of war during several decades of varying conflicts. While some of them made it home, tens of thousands more never did; and 

 WHEREAS, let us strive to honor and remember the brave men and women who endured the hardships as Prisoners of War, the Missing in Action who are still unaccounted for, and pay special recognition to their families who bore the cost of war; and  

 WHEREAS, the now-famous black and white POW/MIA flag symbolizing POW/MIAs is well known as a solemn reminder of our obligation to always remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation.   

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Fuller, Mayor of the City of Opelika, Alabama by virtue of the authority vested in me, proclaim Friday, September 17, 2021, as:  


 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunder set my hand and caused the seal of Opelika, Alabama, to be affixed this the 14th  day of September 2021.  

Signed by: Mayor Gary Fuller and Ward 1 Councilman George Allen

Mayor Fuller and Ward 1 Councilman Allen sign proclamation(Left to Right) Bottom Row: Cilvester Jiles, Mayor Gary Fuller, Councilman George Allen. Top Row: James Hughley, Viola Colquitt, Johnny Bunn, William Cooper, Mary Thorton, Sherry Jiles.


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