Keeping the Promise
POW-MIA Day 2014
September 19, 2014 by Mark Dye
Those who serve in the military promise to uphold and defend the Constitution and, in return, our nation makes a promise to ensure everyone we send to war returns or is accounted for. There are, however, times when bringing them home takes longer than planned.
Whether a prisoner of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA), there are still more than 80,000 Americans unaccounted for from World War II up to the 1991 Gulf War. Thankfully, there is a team of hundreds of military and civilian personnel still looking for those missing heroes, using everything from old archives to the newest scientific methods to track them down. The goal is make sure all those who served our nation get the proper burial and respect they earned long ago.
This POW-MIA Recognition Day, let’s all take some time to think about and remember those who have yet to come home. Whether they fought against Germany in the fields of Europe, or against terrorists in the sands of the Middle East, we are grateful for their sacrifice and will do all we can to make sure no one is ever left behind.