Today marks an important day for the missing children of this country. It is a day in which it is urged that Parents, Guardians, family members, volunteers, and all with a voice to discuss potential threats and provide simple preventative steps to stay safe.
Earlier this week, police announced an arrest in Etan Patz's case. It is Etan's case that brought on the commemoration of National Missing Children's Day, which was signed in by President Ronald Reagan in the 80s. To date, Etan's parents remained with the same phone number, they resided in the same apartment as when Etan was still with them, and they remained hopeful that one day, their son would reach out to them and come home. I imagine that the news this week brought to them the beginning of closure and justice in their lives.
From the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's website: Since May 25, 1983, 'each Administration since President Reagan has honored this annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and make child protection a national priority. National Missing Children’s Day is a reminder to all parents and guardians of the need for high-quality photographs of their children for use in case of an emergency, and for the need for everyone to pay close attention to the posters and photographs of missing children'.
This weekend is Memorial Day. Families will travel to the nearest camping grounds with their families, or to the nearest watered areas to get away and unwind. If you're in the State of Maine, keep your eyes open. Print Ayla's missing flyer before you venture out with your families, and if you feel you see anything that could be a lead, please call law enforcement.
Enjoy your holiday weekend and stay safe!