WOOHOO! It’s Friday! Remembering Our Soldiers Who Are POW/MIA Today.

Sep 20th

It’s Friday, It’s Friday!  WOOHOO!  Does anyone have fun plans for the weekend?  Hubby and I are going out on a date tomorrow.  I’m so excited!  Other than that it’s a putter around the house kind of weekend, getting some things done and fitting in some relaxation along the way.  I saw on the weather that it may rain, so it could be a great weekend to make a pot of soup.

National Punch Day – This is one that is up for debate!!! Nobody seems to know what the true intention is for it, so it could celebrate one of the three things:       

  • Punch that comes from a punch bowl
  • The kind of punch that you dole out with your fists
  • A tool?

Because there is absolutely no factual information on this one that I could find, I’m going to guess that maybe it’s the sort of punch from a punch bowl, since it is also National Rum Punch Day!  More fun than a punch to the face anyway, right?         

POW/MIA Recognition Day – Today we remember those who are American Prisoners of War, and those who are still missing in action.  We pray and hope for the safe and speedy return of those who are being held as prisoners, and also for the return of the remains of those who have fallen in action.  The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was on July 18, 1979, as a result of resolutions passed in Congress.  The first national ceremony was held on that day, but over the next several years, it was held on different dates of the year.  Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the 3rd Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs.  They selected this date because it isn’t associated with any wars, and each year the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.  Did you know that federal law requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown on the following days:       

  • Armed Forces Day, May 16
  • Memorial Day, May 25
  • Flag Day, June 14
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • POW/MIA Day, 3rd Friday of September
  • Veterans Day, Nov. 11

The POW/MIA flag is also supposed to be flown at all US Post office buildings, Veterans Administration, military memorial facilities, and many U.S. government buildings.  Honestly, I am sitting here wracking my brain trying to remember if I’ve seen it flown at any of our small local post offices, and I can’t honestly say that I can!  That really bothers me!   Take a few moments today to remember our missing soldiers, and those held as prisoners of war.  Attend a ceremony in your area, say prayers for the POWs and MIAs, write to your senators and congressmen to urge continued and increased efforts in bringing home every service man and woman.  They gave their all for us, and doggone it, they deserve to come home!     
This Day In History

1973 – Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a battle of the sexes tennis match.     

Food Celebration of the Day

National Rum Punch Day – I haven’t tried any of these recipes, but they certainly sound yummy!  Nothing starts a party going like a punch bowl, so fill it up with one of these yummy combinations.  Please make sure that nobody drinks and drives though!  Be a responsible host always! 

 

May your Friday be wonderful, productive and safe, bringing you to the weekend with family and/or friends.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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