• 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?

Headstone of Jacob Swarner in National Cemetery.  His brother, Adam, was the first prisoner to die at Andersonville

Adam Swarner, a young Cavalryman from New York State was the first prisoner to die at Andersonville. Five months later, his brother Jacob was buried in grave number 4,005 of the National Cemetery.