• North HillSide Photomerge

    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. In 2014, National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be Friday, September 19th.

Each year the park sponsors a speaker for the Georgia Southwestern State University Convocation, the Wednesday before National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

The Ride Home
The Ride Home is an annual event in the area of the park to honor former POWs and the families of those still MIA in conjunction with National POW/MIA Recognition Day. For more information, please visit http://www.theridehome.com/

 
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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) produces a poster for National POW/MIA Recognition Day each year. They also host a page with more information about the presidentially proclaimed observance.

Did You Know?

Graves of the victims of the smallpox hospital at Andersonville.

A smallpox hospital was built two miles south of the Andersonville prison to isolate infected prisoners. In operation only four months, 50% of the prisoners admitted there died of the disease. The 64 graves of the smallpox hospital were moved to Andersonville National Cemetery in 1867.