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PROCLAMATION - POW MIA Recogntion Day - September 18

WHEREAS, more than 217,000 Americans have been confined by enemies of the United States during the 
last one hundred years , with many enduring brutal and inhumane treatment by their captors in 
violation of international law; and                                                -

WHEREAS, 1,500 Americans are still missing from the Vietnam War, as well as 7,800 unaccounted  for 
from the Korean War, 126 from the Cold  War, and over 72,000 from World   War II, though thousands  
are unrecoverable  deep-sea losses ; and

WHEREAS, families and friends of these missing Americans, as well as their fellow veterans, endure  
uncertainty  concerning  their fate; and

WHEREAS, as a nation founded on the principles of civil rights and justice, we have a moral 
obligation to continue to make every effort to ascertain the truth about these Americans;

NOW, THEREFORE , I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington , do hereby proclaim  September 
 18, 2020, as

POW/MIA Recognition Day

in Washington , and I encourage all people in our state to join me in honoring the bravery and
perseverance of former prisoners of war, those still missing, and their families.
 

Governor Jay Inslee