POW MIA Recognition Day

2009 September 18
by JustMary

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Today is POW MIA recognition day. There are still many unaccounted for, but they are not forgotten.

TOMS RIVER – With thousands of Americans still listed as missing and unaccounted for dating back to World War II, Ocean County residents are encouraged to remember all those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines on Friday, Sept. 18, POW/MIA Recognition Day.

“On this day, always the third Friday of September, it’s important to take time to remember the sacrifices made by our nation’s prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau.

Ocean County is home to more than 63,000 veterans. There are about 30 former Prisoners of War that live in Ocean County.

“Fighting for our country’s freedom and our safety is a difficult task,” Little said. “Being held captive and not knowing your fate is a traumatic experience that can leave a lifetime of scars.

“My colleagues on the Board of Freeholders and I deeply appreciate the incredible sacrifices made by all those men and women who make up our military services,” Little said. “They and their families are truly role models.”

According to the National VFW Organization, 88,000 Americans remain missing and unaccounted for since World War II.

8 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 September 18 10:35 am
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    Great great thread.

  2. 2009 September 18 10:43 am
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    justrand permalink

    thank you for starting this thread.

    I’m afraid the issue of prior MIAs/POWs is going to be swallowed by the numbers of future MIAs/POWs from the wars Obama is going to blunder us into!! The cancelling of the missile shield for Poland is going to force one such war.

  3. 2009 September 18 10:57 am
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    JustMary permalink

    I don’t know if any of you are Harley guys like my husband and father in law, but if you are, this ride would be a memorable one for sure. My father in law, a vietnam vet, does this ride almost every year. My hubs is tentatively planning on going this coming year.

  4. 2009 September 18 11:50 am
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    War is Hell. To be captured and be forgotten is really Hell.

  5. 2009 September 18 11:54 am
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    Mary,

    Did you see this from one of your links?

    The numbers are staggering…

    The Civil War
    Union – 194,743 POW
    Confederate – 214,865 POW

    World War I
    7,470 POW
    116,708 MIA
    4,452 Unaccounted For

    World War II
    124,079 POW
    30,314 MIA
    78,976 Unaccounted For

    Korean War
    7,140 POW
    8,177 MIA
    8,146 Unaccounted For

    Vietnam War
    2,583 POW/MIA
    1,904 Unaccounted For
    (as of 15 Aug 2002)

  6. 2009 September 18 12:00 pm
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  7. 2009 September 18 12:17 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Staggering indeed, #5. 🙁

  8. 2009 September 18 2:34 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    That was a very nice Vietnam tribute…

    So long, America. It was a good run.

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