National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Dear Editor:
This remembrance is celebrated on September 15, 2017. On this day, many Americans take time to remember those who were Prisoners of War (POWs) and those who are missing in action (MIA) as well their families.

The US Department of Defense reported that of August 2017 there were 1,604 American Military members missing in action from the war in SE Asia which includes Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The US Congress passed a resolution authorizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed on July 18, 1979. Currently this day is observed on the third Friday in September of each year.

American POW/MIAS should be honored and recognized with the focus on continuing commitment to account as fully as possible for those still missing. Strong united support by the American people is crucial to achieving concrete results.

Al Garber, Commander
American Legion Post 290, Cambridge