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POW/MIA Veterans Honored

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FORT SILL Okla_ Ceremonies for prisoners of war and missing in action recognition day were held Friday throughout nation.

Those men and women were honored at the Lawton/Fort Sill Veterans Center with a ceremony remembering those lost at war.

The National League of Families' POW/MIA flag was presented by the MacArthur High School Color Guard. The flag symbolizes the United States' promise to never forget prisoners of war and those missing in action.

An honorary place was set for each branch of the military to represent those prisoners of war and missing in action service members. Each part of the honorary table symbolized something different. The round table symbolized that our concerns are never ending. The white table cloth showed the purity of their intentions to their country's call to serve.

Guest Speaker Chaplain Daniel Tucker said it should be high priority for us to account for all of our persons missing in action.

"Stop and think of a family member that they do not know where they're at," Tucker said. "They don't know what they are doing. How painful that would be."

The flags of each branch of military were presented to current members of the military by veterans.

"'No man left behind' is something we are learning, and we are learning very well," Tucker said. "Our government is not forgetting those that served."

The Department of Defense Military and Missing Personnel Office said there are still more than 80,000 missing in action, but there are still hundreds of members of the Defense Department working to find and recover them.  



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