Never Forgotten: Friday marks POW/ MIA Recognition Day

Cheryl Sanders
September 16, 2017

A ceremony was held at the state capitol, recognizing the service members who were Prisoners Of War (POW) or are still considered to be Missing In Action (MIA). We must continue to honor our vow to bring them home.

"The front was supposed to catch up with us but they were having trouble getting off the beaches, so the Germans got to me before they did", Nobles said. In today's world we never know what is going to happen, where it is going to happen or when.


A veteran who was a prisoner of war was present at the ceremony, Michael McCann.

"All of the 124 men were lost while defending our country, and they were never able to return home", said Billie Bailey, Grout Museum District director. "I'm a person who was very blessed to not be shot at and I'm thankful to be counted among (veterans) numbers". They are unable to be with their loved ones and families tonight, so we join with them in this humble tribute.


Stamaris said that message applies to any soldier who went missing or was imprisoned for even just a moment.

Friday morning, Curtis and four other former POW's from World War II, the Vietnam War and Korean War gathered with friends and family to share their stories of sacrifice. "Whether in Southeast Asia, or in South Korea, Europe, the South Pacific, and in all other corners of the globe, we are committed to this most honorable mission of fully accounting for our missing personnel". I call upon the people of the United States to join me in saluting all American POWs and those missing in action who valiantly served our country.


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