AMERICAN NOTES: Bracelets That Bind

To try to keep up the spirits of the P.O.W.s, Americans are donning bracelets—some 4,000,000 at last count. Each is a metal band engraved with the name and rank of a serviceman and the date he was taken prisoner or listed as missing in action. The wearer agrees to keep the bracelet on until all 1,783 imprisoned and missing Americans are accounted for and their camps have been inspected by the Red Cross.

The bracelets are distributed by VIVA (Voices in Vital America), a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. Working out of six regional offices, a staff of 60...

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