National Prisoners Of War Remembrance Day

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Roll out the red carpet because communicative liberty bells are ringing! It's National Prisoners of War Remembrance Day! Now let's get serious. This isn't just about conjugal visits and questionable cafeteria cuisine. This day is a solemn occasion to express our sympathy, recognition, and gratitude to those who have found themselves in situations without so much as a 'Get out of Jail Free' card.

When is Prisoners Of War Remembrance Day?

It's national prisoners of war remembrance day on the 16th September.

An Overview of National Prisoners of War Remembrance Day

National Prisoners of War Remembrance Day pops onto our calendars every year and it's our opportunity to tip our hats and lower our flags to our compatriots who were taken prisoner during military conflicts. We detected a whopping 5388 mentions online of this day in recent years, with a number- one-hit-wonder spike on September 16, 2016. Looks like that date's popularity ain't no one-time jailbreak!

Behind Bars but Not Forgotten

The day serves as a reverberating shoutout to not forget our brothers, sisters, fathers, and friends trapped behind enemy lines, looking at the world through steel bars while holding onto hope. But it's not all gloom and doom. This day doesn't just remind us of their sacrifice, but also the indomitable spirit of humanity during hardship and our ability to keep a sense of humour, even in the direst scenarios.

Jailhouse Rock

But don't mistake our attempts at levity as disrespect. No, sir! The lighthearted tone of our wording is our little way to honour the resilience of these brave individuals. We've heard stories of POWs who've performed plays, sang songs, and even crafted sporting equipment to keep their spirits high. So, in that vein, remember to celebrate their lives and resilience, and not just their captivity.

History behind the term 'Prisoners Of War Remembrance'


Formation of the League of Nations

In 1921, the League of Nations was formed as an international organization to promote peace and prevent future conflicts. One of the issues addressed by the League was the treatment of prisoners of war. The League recognized the need to remember and honor those who had been captured and held as prisoners during times of war.


Resolution on Prisoners of War Remembrance

In 1922, the League of Nations passed a resolution emphasizing the importance of prisoners of war remembrance. The resolution called on member countries to establish national days or observances to honor and remember prisoners of war. This marked the official recognition of the concept and the beginning of efforts to commemorate the sacrifices made by those captured in war.


World War II

During World War II, millions of individuals were captured and became prisoners of war. The widespread nature of the conflict and the large number of POWs increased awareness about the need to remember and honor their sacrifices. Organized efforts to commemorate prisoners of war gained momentum during and after the war, with various countries establishing national days of remembrance.


Geneva Conventions

The year 1949 marked the adoption of the Third Geneva Convention, an international treaty that established rules for the treatment of prisoners of war. This convention paved the way for improved protections and rights for POWs. Recognizing the importance of remembering POWs, the Geneva Conventions also emphasized the duty to honor and commemorate prisoners of war.


POWs Recognition Day in the United States

In the United States, National POW Recognition Day was first observed in 1955. The day is intended to honor captured American military personnel and to raise awareness about the sacrifices they endured while imprisoned. It serves as a reminder of the bravery and resilience of POWs and acknowledges their contributions to the nation's history.


International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. While not exclusively focused on prisoners of war, this day also pays tribute to individuals who have been held captive by terrorist organizations. It highlights the sufferings of prisoners and emphasizes the importance of respecting their rights and providing support to survivors.

Did you know?

Did you know that some resourceful Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War established a tap code system to communicate with each other through the walls of their cells, using knocks rather than the latest phone app!


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