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donmedeirosdonmedeiros Posts: 3,379 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
edited September 2020 in Off Topic


In the United States, the third Friday in September honors National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Each year since 1989, a presidential proclamation brings the nation together to remember and honor the members of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or are prisoners of war. The day serves as a call to action, reminding the nation to rededicate our efforts. We’re responsible for bringing our patriots home and for caring for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.

The POW/MIA Flag is flown this day over significant national landmarks and government buildings across the country. Not only do the Capitol, the White House, and the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials fly the flag, but so do the offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, and of the Selective Service System. Additionally, the POW/MIA Flay flies on the grounds or in the lobbies of every major military installation, post office, and all VA Medical Centers and national cemeteries.


Around the nation, events, and ceremonies recognize POWs, MIA, and their families. Loved ones and supporters gather for candlelight vigils, walks, and other events to show honor and support of their sacrifice. Join a service near you and show your support. Visit pow-miafamilies.org for more information.

Recognize the men and women who are POW and MIA. Remember them and bring them home. Use #POWMIARecognitionDay to post on social media.


Congress established National POW/MIA Recognition Day with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. This day is one of the six days that Federal Law requires government facilities to fly the POW/MIA Flag. The U.S, Secretary of Defense lists all places designated to fly the POW/MIA Flag. 

Back in the day, my dad was a POW in a German prison camp for 14 months. Thank the lord he was able to come home. Can't even imagine what my life would have been like if he hadn't made it home.


  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 6,758 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Don- two questions, if you don't mind.

    1. Did your dad enjoy Hogan's Heroes, or was the POW experience too terrible for him to find any humor in the subject?
    2. Did he ever go back to Germany (and/or have you been to any of the prison camps there)?
  • BrotatoChip88BrotatoChip88 Posts: 219 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Tip of the hat to your Father, Don. Thanks for sharing!

  • donmedeirosdonmedeiros Posts: 3,379 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate


    My dad spoke very little about his POW experience...but he was sort of a quiet guy to start with. I do recall him saying they were pretty well treated and he talked about "zweibels" - not sure of the spelling - which I think was scrambled eggs with onions. We ate those a good bit at home while I was growing up.

    I don't know about the Hogans' Heroes question. I don't recall being home - away at school and grad school while HH was airing. He wasn't much for comedies I don't think - more of an action movie/western movie kind of guy.

    He never went back to Germany to my knowledge. I've never been overseas - other than a trip to New Jersey.

    Thanks for asking.

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