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National Missing Children’s Day – May 25th

Missing Children’s Day

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. This day is a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families.



NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY

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. This day is a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and to recognize those dedicated to this noble cause.  President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day in 1983.

Type of Holiday:

Official Holiday

When is National Missing Children’s Day?

It is celebrated annually on May 25th

How is National Missing Children’s Day Celebrated?

  • Educate your children on “stranger danger.”
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) invites fifth graders each year to participate in a Missing Children’s Day poster contest with an annual theme of “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.” This contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and child advocates to highlight the issue of missing and/or exploited children with youth, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety.

National Missing Children’s Day Trivia/Facts:

  • Following the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City that May 25th was established as Missing Children’s Day in the US by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
  • The forget-me-not flower is the emblem of this cause.
  • The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children coordinates their “Help Bring Them Home” campaign in 22 countries to coincide with our National Missing Children Day. They also spotlight the issue of child abduction around the world.

Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on May 25th:

  • Don Liddle – Baseball player
  • Connie Sellecca – Actress
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson – Essayist/philosopher
  • Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – Tap dancer/actor
  • Ian McKellen – Actor
  • Sally Jesse Raphael – Talk show host.
  • Igor Sikorsky – Aviation pioneer
  • Beverly Sills – Opera singer

Popular Social Media Hashtags:

#missingchildrensday

Other holidays in May include Foster Care Day, Brother and Sisters Day and Nascar Day, as well.

For drinking holidays there is National HomeBrew Day, National Beverage Day and World Cocktail Day.

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