• 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?

Carved stone panel bearing the words motto

The words "Death Before Dishonor" appear on a third of the state monuments at Andersonville National Historic Site. This phrase was the motto of the Union Ex-Prisoners of War association, and represents the devotion of Union POWs to their country. More...