NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
In this time of uncertainty throughout the world, there is one constant that can be relied upon. The United States of America will ALWAYS stand between those who threaten freedom and those who are oppressed.
Today, we recognize our State’s more than 1.53 million living veterans who represent nearly a century of courageous service and sacrifice in assuring our American way of life.
Today, we pause and never forget the sacrifices of our POWs and MIAs. As Americans, collectively we CELEBRATE the blessing of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness secured by our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coastguardsmen, and Merchant Mariners, who – for more than two centuries – have bravely answered the Call to Duty with their selfless service and sacrifice. For our former POWs, we are eternally indebted to you for your unwavering honor and loyalty to your oath.
Rendering honor to our Nation’s Colors is not a matter of personal expression, but rather a recognition of the sacrifice of the generations who have come before us and their dedication to the ideals which have made our country great. Failure to recognize these sacrifices and render proper respect to our Colors is a choice made to disrespect and soil the memory of those service members and their families whose commitment to this nation shall live on throughout history.
As an Army combat Veteran who served on active duty for more than 31 years and rose through the ranks from Private to Colonel – the son of a World War II Veteran and the grandson of a World War I Veteran – and now the father and father-in-law of Army Veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, it’s an extreme honor to live in a community where so many of our Veterans call home.
Thank you to all who have served, and are serving, for your service. I also want to thank our families, without whose support we could not have answered the call to serve our nation. For those families who still have loved ones missing in action, we stand with you and pray for the day of your loved one’s return to American soil.
Yours In Service,
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