[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

 
PROCLAMATION 8496--APR. 9, 2010

Proclamation 8496 of April 9, 2010
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Our Nation's former prisoners of war faced tremendous challenges and
dangers to protect us all. Many gave their last full measure of devotion
to defend our freedom, and we are forever in their debt. Each year, on
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, the American people pay
tribute to these heroes.
Through multiple wars, thousands of American service members have faced
unimaginable cruelty and unspeakable treatment at the hands of foreign
captors. Many sacrificed their own well-being to protect their fellow
prisoners, the war effort, and our country. The families suffered as
well, unsure of their loved ones' fates, just as the captured warriors
were unsure of what the next day would bring. Not all of these
courageous men and women, who persevered bravely and sometimes alone,
are prominently noted in our history books. Yet, their stories are
etched in our national conscience, and their courage is enshrined in the
tradition of honor and bravery that is the mark of our Armed Forces.
America's former prisoners of war gave their freedom so that we can
enjoy our own. We may never know the full extent of injuries received
nor burdens borne by these heroes and their families, but neither shall
we forget their selfless sacrifice and unshakeable resolve.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2010, as
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. I call upon all
Americans to observe this day of remembrance by honoring our service
members, veterans, and all American prisoners of war. I

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also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and
organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and
activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of April,
in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
BARACK OBAMA