September 18, 2020: POW/MIA Recognition Day

WHEREAS, approximately 1,587 Americans are still missing from the Vietnam War and approximately 7,624 are unaccounted from the Korean War, 126 from the Cold War, and 72,669 from World War II; and,


WHEREAS, many of those missing are citizens of the Great Lakes State; and,


WHEREAS, these service members made incredible sacrifices for their country, and their families, friends, and other concerned citizens all live with uncertainty regarding their fates; and,


WHEREAS, it is vital we continue to demonstrate our utmost gratitude and admiration through unrelenting efforts to bring these brave Americans home; and,


WHEREAS, on this day, we encourage every resident in Michigan to honor returned U.S. Prisoners of War (POWs) and all Americans still captured, unaccounted for, or missing in action (MIA);


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2020, as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Michigan as a testament to their bravery and as a symbol of our commitment to achieving the fullest possible accounting of all Americans still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War, and World War II.