Daugaard names September 15 as "POW/MIA Recognition Day"

Daugaard names September 15 as

The American Legion Post 71 in North Augusta honored prisoners of war and missing in action servicemen Friday with a POW/MIA remembrance walk and ceremony. Pitonyak's fighter airplane went down in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

As the POW/MIA flag stood at half-staff behind the monument, many saluted while wreaths were placed to memorialize service members who were once captured, and the many others who have yet to be found.

Members of a US military prisoner of war and missing in action advocacy organization dedicated a new memorial Friday at Simmons Field.

Dozens of vets came together at Loves Park's City Hall to pay tribute to their brothers and sisters in arms who never made it home. We must continue to honor our vow to bring them home.

Chuck Thomas, a Sharon resident, is a Vietnam veteran who has attended all of the Foxboro POW/MIA Vigils. "That's one thing we do not forget in this post".

But that's why they work for memorials like the one at Simmons Field, to raise awareness for veterans' issues - specifically, prisoners of war and those missing in action.

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The ex-husband of 71-year-old victim Gail Nova said her devastated family believes the facility should lose its license. Across the street from the stifling nursing home sat a fully air-conditioned hospital, Memorial Regional.

The third Friday in September is observed across the country as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

"I did what I had to do because I had to do it", Curtis said.

Local veteran David Jessel explained the symbolism of the table for six that is set each year for the ceremony.

The ceremony is simple: Current and former service members of each of the five branches of the military gather around a table with five empty chairs. "For them, we will speak the names today and remember, so they will not be forgotten".

Anne Hallberg-Holt thanked those present for their service and the promise to leave no one behind.

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