President Trump signed a declaration making September 15 a national day to recognize prisoners of war and those missing in action.
The declaration, which was signed September 13, states, “It is our sacred obligation to pay tribute to the thousands of men and women of our Armed Forces who have been imprisoned while serving in conflicts and who have yet to return to American soil.
We reflect on the brave Americans who, while guarding our freedom and our way of life, spent years of their youth imprisoned in distant lands.
They paid an enormous price and remained dedicated to our sacred principles, even while under extreme duress.”
President Trump tweeted a link to the declaration saying, “NEVER forget our HEROES held prisoner or who have gone missing in action while serving their country. ”
Trump famously criticized Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) for his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam saying,
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
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