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, 1,594 Americans are still missing from the Vietnam War, as well as 7,729 unaccounted for from the Korean War, 126 from the Cold War, and over 73,000 from WWII, though thousands are umecoverable 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 21, 2018, 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.
Signed this 11th day of September, 2018