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National Missing Children's Day in United States

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National Missing Children's Day is an observation dedicated to addressing the problem of child abduction.

Local names

NameLanguage
National Missing Children's DayEnglish
Día Nacional de Niños DesaparecidosSpanish
היום הלאומי של ילדים נעדריםHebrew
يوم الطفل مفقود الوطنيArabic
국립 실종 아동의 날Korean
Nationaler Tag der vermissten KinderGerman

National Missing Children's Day 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

National Missing Children's Day 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015
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National Missing Children's Day is an annual observation in the United States designed to highlight the problem of child abduction. It falls on May 25 - on that date in 1979, six-year-old New Yorker Ethan Patz disappeared on his way to school. National Missing Children's Day was first observed in 1983.

National Missing Children's Day raises awareness of the threat of child abduction.

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What do people do?

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children annually holds events on and around National Missing Children's Day to raise awareness of the threat of child abduction, inform families about ways to keep their children safe and support victims' families. The center's initiative “Take 25” encourages parents, guardians and educators to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.

Public life

National Missing Children's Day is a nation-wide observance in the United States but not a public holiday.

Background

National Missing Children's Day was first observed in 1983, following a proclamation by U.S. president Ronald Reagan. In the years 1979 to 1981, a series of child abductions shocked the American public. Ethan Patz was six years old when he disappeard on his way to school on May 25, 1979. Although he was never found, the boy was legally declared dead in 2001. His case received a large amount of media attention and ultimately lead to the formation of the missing children's movement. National Missing Children's Day falls on the anniversary of his disappearance.

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Learn more about the campaign “Take 25” and get involved!

National Missing Children's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriMay 251990National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SatMay 251991National Missing Children's DayObservance 
MonMay 251992National Missing Children's DayObservance 
TueMay 251993National Missing Children's DayObservance 
WedMay 251994National Missing Children's DayObservance 
ThuMay 251995National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SatMay 251996National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SunMay 251997National Missing Children's DayObservance 
MonMay 251998National Missing Children's DayObservance 
TueMay 251999National Missing Children's DayObservance 
ThuMay 252000National Missing Children's DayObservance 
FriMay 252001National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SatMay 252002National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SunMay 252003National Missing Children's DayObservance 
TueMay 252004National Missing Children's DayObservance 
WedMay 252005National Missing Children's DayObservance 
ThuMay 252006National Missing Children's DayObservance 
FriMay 252007National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SunMay 252008National Missing Children's DayObservance 
MonMay 252009National Missing Children's DayObservance 
TueMay 252010National Missing Children's DayObservance 
WedMay 252011National Missing Children's DayObservance 
FriMay 252012National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SatMay 252013National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SunMay 252014National Missing Children's DayObservance 
MonMay 252015National Missing Children's DayObservance 
WedMay 252016National Missing Children's DayObservance 
ThuMay 252017National Missing Children's DayObservance 
FriMay 252018National Missing Children's DayObservance 
SatMay 252019National Missing Children's DayObservance 
MonMay 252020National Missing Children's DayObservance 

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