It's a day of recognition that many may not know about. Every year, on the third Friday of September, we observe the thousands of military members who have yet to be accounted for. More than 83,000 Americans are still missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Iraq and other conflicts.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring September 20, 2013 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

America remains steadfast in our determination to recover our missing patriots. Our work is not finished until our heroes are returned safely to our shores or a full accounting is provided to their loved ones. We must care for the men and women who have served so selflessly in our name, and we must carry forward the legacy of those whose fates are still unknown. Today, and every day, we express our profound appreciation to our service members, our veterans, our military families, and all those who placed themselves in harm's way to sustain the virtues that are the hallmarks of our Union.

So today, please take a moment out of your busy schedule to remember the servicemen and women and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country.

You are not forgotten.