Proclamation 5858 -- National P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition Day, 1988
the President of the
We have a deep moral responsibility in this regard -- a duty to make every possible effort to account for and return missing Americans to their homeland and to their loved ones. Until the P.O.W./M.I.A. issue is resolved, this issue stays, and will stay, among our Nation's highest priorities.
Similarly, our country has recognized the prolonged and acute suffering of the families of those who remain missing or unaccounted for. We pledge again our unflagging determination to obtain the fullest possible accounting of those still missing, to repatriate all recoverable American remains, and to relieve the suffering and uncertainty of their families.
will also continue our intelligence efforts to confirm reports of Americans
still held in captivity in
Our search for the truth is bound up closely with our heritage as a Nation that respects the inherent dignity and worth of every individual. Our liberty is secure because every life is precious to us; we, therefore, can write no final chapter to the story of those who answered their country's call and did not return. They gave without limit, and we owe them, and their families, no less.
symbolize our continuing national commitment, the P.O.W./M.I.A.
Flag will fly over the White House, the Departments of State and Defense, the
Veterans Administration, the Selective Service System headquarters, and the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial on
In recognition of the special debt of gratitude all Americans owe to those who sacrificed their freedom in the service of our country and to their courageous families, the Congress, by House Joint Resolution 453, has designated September 16, 1988, as ``National POW/MIA Recognition Day'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this occasion.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of September, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the
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