Did you know that every day almost 2300 kids go missing in America? If we talk about the yearly figure, it becomes almost 460,000. Knowing this figure is very essential as here, we will be discussing National Missing Children’s Day.
National Missing Children’s Day is a type of awareness event and people all over the world observe this day every year on 25th May. Talking about the aim and objective of this day, people on this day talk about one of the biggest matters of concern. Yes, we are referring to child abduction. Many organizations take the bold step; they conduct various events to educate parents about the safeguarding measures. They let the parents know how they can protect their children. Apart from this, this is the day when people give honor to those who have not yet been found. Many children have also been found and therefore, this day holds a tone of celebration.
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.
Lady Bird Johnson
In short, we can say that this National Missing Children’s Day is all about remembering the missing children, and apart from this, people on this day come ahead to spread important words about child abduction. Many organizations across the globe are doing so many things to make this day more impactful. This day also works as a reminder to expand our effort to reunite the missing children and along with this; we should honor those people who are working very hard for this cause.
Background Of National Missing Children’s Day
Knowing the history of National Missing Children’s Day is very important. It was in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Missing Children’s Day in order to acknowledge those kids who go missing every year. There was a series of abductions that took place between 1979 and 1981. This incident completely shook the heart of the Americans. It was started in 1979 with the abduction of Etan Patz. He was only six years old at that time and the incident took place on 25th May 1979 in New York. He was returning home by bus; unfortunately, he was never found. Well, the police found the accused person who was Pedro Hernandez. It was in 2017 when he got a prison sentence of 25 years.
People observe National Missing Children’s Day to commemorate the disappearance of that six-year-old kid, Etan Patz. Along with this, people commemorate this day to honor other missing kids. The national media did not pay any attention when the disappearance of Etan Patz took place. Gradually, this case has got a lot of media coverage. Consequently, it increases public attention on child abductions. People start conducting public events to raise this issue.
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