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Did you know that May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day?

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.

Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause.
2019 Missing Children’s Day Ceremony

About the annual Ceremony

The Department of Justice’s 2019 commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day will take place on May 22, 2019, in Washington, DC. The annual event, organized by OJJDP, honors the memory of missing children and recognizes extraordinary efforts made by law enforcement personnel and private citizens to protect children from harm.

Livestream

Save the date! On May 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. E.T., the U.S. Department of Justice will live-stream the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.

Awards to be presented this year include the Attorney General’s Special Commendation, Missing Children’s Law Enforcement Award, Missing Children’s Child Protection Award, and Missing Children’s Citizen Award. The winner of the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest will also be recognized. The contest is intended to promote awareness and encourage teachers, parents, guardians, and other adults to engage children in discussions about safety.

More information on the live-stream will be posted to the OJJDP home page on May 22.

Catch the ceremony on YouTube

After the event, the recording will be available on OJJDP’s YouTube channel.