NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY
Celebrated annually on May 25, it is National Missing Children’s Day. In the United States, National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated, each year on May 25, since 1983, when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.
There was a series of high-profile missing children casas that made national headlines in the several years following the establishment of National Missing Children’s day.
Six year old Etan Patz disappeared from his New York City home on his way from the bus to school on May 25, 1979. This day, May 25, the date of Etan’s disappearance, was designated as National Missing Children’s Day. During the time of his disappearance, cases of missing children rarely gained national media attention, however, Etan’s case quickly received much coverage. Etan’s father, who was a professional photographer, distributed black-and-white photographs of his son in an effort to try and find him. This resulted in a massive search and media attention that focused the public’s attention on the problem of child abductions and the lack of plans to address them.
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