What cause close to the Legion’s heart has a day devoted to it in September?

POW/MIA Recognition Day. This event is held nationwide on the third Friday of September, by presidential proclamation, as an opportunity to draw attention to the fact that not all servicemembers who have left the United States to fight for it have come back. Friday is POW/MIA Recognition Day for 2012.

The American Legion is committed to achieving a full accounting of all POW/MIAs from all war eras. This means returning living POWs, the repatriation of their remains, or finding convincing evidence of why neither is possible. Resolution No. 288, adopted at the 67th National Convention, calls for designating a POW/MIA Empty Chair at all official Legion meetings as a physical symbol of the thousands of American POW/MIAs still unaccounted for.

The Legion’s commitment to this issue was re-emphasized last month at the 94th National Convention in Indianapolis. Resolution No. 78 states that "The American Legion remains steadfast in our commitment to the goal of achieving the fullest possible accounting for all U.S. military personnel and designated civilian personnel missing and unaccounted for from our nation’s wars."