On September 15, Americans across the nation will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day – a day to recognize the service and sacrifice of Veterans who were Prisoners of War or listed as Missing in Action.
Of the millions of American soldiers who have served our country in past wars – World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq – most came home. Many gave the ultimate sacrifice. Many others were taken prisoner and subjected to unimaginable torture and brutalities, but eventually made it home. Still others remain unaccounted for, although they continue to live on in the hearts and minds of their fellow soldiers, friends, and loved ones.
This annual day of recognition and remembrance honors former POWs and missing service members, as well as their families and loved ones.
At this time, we traditionally offer words of comfort and support to these heroes and their families, and honor them for their courage and the strength of character that they have demonstrated to us and the world.
It’s for those reasons that we use this day not only to rededicate ourselves to the memories of those lost, but also to the ongoing obligation to uncover and understand the circumstances surrounding what happened to them.
At Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, we make it a special point to honor America’s Veterans throughout the year.
At this time, we encourage our fellow citizens to join us as we remember their sacrifices and encourage our government leaders to continue the ongoing effort to account as fully as possible for those still missing.
In the hearts of their families, friends and fellow Americans, their memory lives on.
Dana Hungler, Executive Director
Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care
4380 Glendale-Milford Road Cincinnati, OH 45242