We’re gathered here to honor those who served our nation as heroes. We commemorate National POW * MIA Recognition Day by remembering the sacrifices made by the brave Americans who were taken prisoner and later released, and remember the sacrifices of the families who are still missing in action.
Since the first World War more than 140,000+ Americans Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen have been held as prisoners of war (POWs).
Today, there are roughly 85,000 United States servicemen still unaccounted for from World War II, the Korea Conflict, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the War on Terrorism.
Every person who has worn a uniform and been in battle understands the nature of sacrifice … and so long as Americans are willing to take up the mantle to defend our freedoms on behalf of others, our destiny will always involve sacrifice … and it will involve the sacrifice of families of those who serve our nation.
We can never adequately express our gratitude to those who have served our Nation while prisoners of war or to their families who experienced such anguish, fear and stress during years of separation.
National POW * MIA Recognition Day reminds us to keep their memories alive.
So, … today let us pay tribute to the POWs who have returned and to all those still missing in action, and to the veterans who keep the principle of personal honor uppermost in their hearts.
Thank you. God bless America, God bless those who love, guard, and defend our precious freedom, and God Bless Those Who Are Still Missing in Action.
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POW * MIA Recognition Day Speech
Posted by David Apperson, Veterans Spokesman