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 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?
A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.