LANSING — A resolution honoring POW/MIAs passed the House earlier today following its introduction by state Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City). The resolution declares Sept. 15 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Michigan, an occasion observed nationally every year on the third Friday in September.

“While it is important to honor our soldiers and veterans every day, we owe a special debt to prisoners of war and those still missing in action,” said Rep. Elder. “This day serves as recognition and remembrance that the duty of those who are missing in action or prisoners of war is finished, but our duty to them continues as we seek to find, repatriate, and honor these courageous individuals who defended our freedom.”

POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually as a day of remembrance for the safe and speedy return of American prisoners of war. To date, about 83,000 Americans are still listed as unaccounted for since World War II.

“The United States does not leave anyone behind, and we do not forget those who remain missing. We as a nation can never peacefully rest until we account for the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Rep. Elder. “Honoring their legacy in this manner is an important way to express our gratitude to those lost patriots who fought to protect our American values and rights.”