Friday, September 21, 2012

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

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By Terry Orr
(Retired Vet)

I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering people endure having a love one who is a POW/MIA – especially those from the Vietnam era – all those years that have gone by and still unable to find closure. At times I become physically sick – thinking about those spineless, gutless, un-American politicians and so-called leaders in the government allow this atrocity to happen and continue on all these years.  In hindsight, it was just the beginning or maybe the continuation of poor leadership.  I am thankful that my love ones did not have to cope with this during my service to this country.

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Following up on our article from last year article “Let's Bring Them Home!” (http://kisbyto.blogspot.com/2011/09/lets-bring-them-home.html ) a couple of additional historical facts and commentary by yours truly.

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Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. It is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September each year. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
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Prisoners of War and Missing-in-Action (POW/MIA) personnel has been a mystery for some time – in that after the action has been completed – why keep them and or information regarding them from their home country.  Yes, that my sound a bit naïve, but is there any good reason to withhold that information?

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Rolling Thunder has done an excellent job of honoring our POW/MIA’s and veteran’s – as has other support groups – but in general – most folks just don’t care from my perspective.  It is a shame and disgrace to our men and women in the past, those currently severing and those who will continue to answer the call of protecting America.

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Today is Friday, September 21, 2012 – please take a moment to remember and remember on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 those who have fail us and those who show promise of changing the status quo. Thank you!

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