National Missing Children's Day was declared on May 25, 1983 by president Ronald Reagan during a time of increasing disappearances of children on a national level. Twenty-nine years later the number of high-profile cases are still apparently on the rise, so today is certainly a day of keeping these children in awareness.
Have you ever known a missing child? If you don't then it's easy to lose interest or "forget" when one in your community or across the country disappears. However, when you're a loved one the disappearance of a child leaves a wound that never heals, no matter what. It's days like today that make awareness a priority among advocates for families who have been affected by this tragedy.
Currently there is an average of over 2,000 children reported abducted or vanished on a daily basis in the United States. Among these disappearances are such high-profile children as Lisa Irwin, Ayla Reynolds, Bianca Jones, Sky Metalwala, Jhessye Shockley, baby Kate Phillips and many, many others.
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