• North HillSide Photomerge

    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

National Former POW Recognition Day

April 9th is designated by Congress as the Presidentially proclaimed observance of National Former POW Recognition Day. On April 9, 1942 United States forces surrendered on the Bataan Peninsula, beginning the Bataan Death March. The park observes the day through programs and raising the Avenue of Flags in the national cemetery.

2013 Presidential Proclamation
2012 Presidential Proclamation
2011 Presidential Proclamation

Did You Know?

A replica prisoner shelter

The shelters built by prisoners were known by many names: tents, huts, shelter tents and blanket tents. The phrase "shebang" was used by a small number of prisoners but through post-war and Twentieth Century popular writings has become the most commonly used term for the prisoner shelters. More...