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National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day is celebrated on April 9th each year to pay tribute to American veterans who have suffered imprisonment in times of war. The day occurs on the anniversary of the Battle of Bataan in 1942, when American soldiers surrendered and were captured by troops from the Japanese Army in the Philippines. After battling hostile conditions and prolonged conflicts, the Japanese troops forced their captives to march 60-70 miles to the prison camp. Without food, water, or medical attention, hundreds died. Survivors of the brutal journey continued to endure mistreatment. The hardships, suffering, and brutality lasted two years for those who survived the entire ordeal before heading back to the US.

In 1984, a movement led by former POWs began advocating for a day to recognize former POWs on April 9th of each year. Four years later, Congress approved legislation that designated the 9th of April a day to honor US forces taken prisoner on the Bataan Peninsula. Since President Ronald Reagan declared observance of the holiday in 1988, Americans have recognized it every year.

How to Celebrate National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Recognize former POWs by helping organize veteran events. Some states require government facilities and organizations to fly the POW/MIA flag on this day. Ensure your organization flies the flag. Volunteer to help a veteran organization. Rally your friends and relatives to volunteer as well. Spread the word to as many people as you can and share on social media using #NationalPrisonerOfWarDay.

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When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2022?Saturday, April 9, 2022
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2023?Sunday, April 9, 2023
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2024?Tuesday, April 9, 2024
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2025?Wednesday, April 9, 2025
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2026?Thursday, April 9, 2026
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2027?Friday, April 9, 2027
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2028?Sunday, April 9, 2028
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2029?Monday, April 9, 2029
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2030?Tuesday, April 9, 2030
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2031?Wednesday, April 9, 2031
When is national former prisoner of war recognition day 2032?Friday, April 9, 2032