Forget Me Not

Missing children

Affirming its long-standing commitment to help find missing children, the U.S. Postal Service® issues this new stamp to make members of the public more aware of the ways they can assist-and to offer hope to the families of missing children as they continue their search.

More than 460,000 reports of missing children were made to law enforcement in the United States in 2014. Fortunately, loved ones have reason for hope: Increased public awareness, training, laws, and technology have led to more missing children coming home now than at any other point in history. For three decades, the U.S. Postal Service has also been honored to help with the search, cooperating with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Valassis Communications, Inc., on a program that features photographs of missing children on advertising materials delivered to millions of American homes. To date, about 1,900 of the nearly 3,300 children featured on these mailings have been recovered, at least 157 as a direct result of this program.

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service publishes photos and information about missing children in the Postal Bulletin, which adds some 700,000 employees to the search effort.

The Forget-Me-Not Forever Stamps are now available at usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

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National POW-MIA Recognition Day

POWMIA

Today, the nation honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces who were prisoners of war or are missing in action by displaying the POW-MIA flag. U.S. Public Law 101-355, passed by the 101st Congress on August 10, 1990, designated the third Friday in September as one of six days each year in which to display the flag honoring those still unaccounted for.

Five other days in which to display the flag include:

– Armed Forces Day: Third Saturday in May.

– Memorial Day: Last Monday in May.

– Flag Day: June 14.

– Independence Day: July 4.

– Veterans Day: November 11.

The POW-MIA Flag

The POW-MIA flag is a symbol of our nation’s commitment to discovering the fate, to the fullest extent possible, of American’s who are being held as prisoner, missing, or otherwise unaccounted for. U.S. Public Law 101-355, passed by the 101st Congress on August 10, 1990, designates the following days in which the POW-MIA flag is to be displayed:

– Armed Forces Day: Third Saturday in May.

– Memorial Day: Last Monday in May.

– Flag Day: June 14.

– Independence Day: July 4.

– National POW-MIA Recognition Day: Third Friday in September.

– Veterans Day: November 11.

When celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, be sure to display the POW-MIA flag to honor those still unaccounted for.

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