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National POW-MIA Day Observed in Norristown

17 September 2017

"There are still people out there", said Brunswick Town Councilor Dave Watson, a member of Post 20 and a veteran of the Air Force.

Bruce Hallberg speaks during the POW/MIA Memorial Ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, Friday.

To this day, more than 83,000 American war veterans, dating as far back as World War II, remain unaccounted for.

"We made it home".

Outside the Nacogdoches library, a Missing Man Table Ceremony was held at the Vietnam Memorial. Many gave the ultimate sacrifice. "We recognize their sacrifice for our freedom, and they will not be forgotten". "We don't leave our people behind".

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Donald Trump formally honored the day in writing, just as other modern presidents have done.

The third Friday in September is observed across the country as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

VFW Post 3522 has about 340 members.

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Vietnam Veterans of America members say they've been waiting to see the flags on the bridge for years.

"I did what I had to do because I had to do it", Curtis said.

She said that, in the USA wars from the Revolutionary War through modern wars, there are 633,598 American soldiers listed as POW/MIA. His wife is an Army veteran.

And Jackson served in the Korean War himself.

Tim Hempton of Walpole, who is a Republican candidate for the state Senate representing Foxboro, said he attended the event, "out of respect for the military".

"Every veteran out there wrote a blank check the day we took our oath-up to and including our lives", he said. "This issue is important to us".

A joint Department of Defense color guard opened and closed the ceremony where all branches of the service were present. Many of these service members might never be found but their families still cling to the hope there will be an answer to the fate of their loved ones.

"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.

National POW-MIA Day Observed in Norristown