National Missing Children’s Day
Since 1983, the 25th of May has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day, the date chosen because it is the anniversary of the disappearance of 6-year old New Yorker Etan Patz. The first missing child to have his photo on a milk carton, Patz became the poster child and rallying cry for a national movement to establish new legislation and new methods for tracking down missing children. Each year on this day the Office of Justice Programs individuals and organizations that have helped to bring back missing children, honoring the annual theme of “Bringing Our Missing Children Home”. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also holds annual events to raise awareness of the threat of abduction and provide families information on how best to keep their children safe.
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