POW/MIA Recognition Day

Ron Rice, a veteran of the U.S. Army, was among those that stood watch on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Sherry Sivret)

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day, hosted by Boyd Smith Mitchell Memorial VFW Post 9779 was held at the Public Safety Building on September 21st   to remember those who were prisoners of war (POWs) and those who are missing in action (MIAs) as well as their families.  VFW members, retired military and a representative from the Army National Guard and the American Legion took turns standing guard over several hours to remember their comrades.  According to the United States Army website 83,114 Americans who fought in WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and conflicts since 1991 are still missing.  They estimate that about 75 percent of those missing Americans are somewhere in the Asia-Pacific. More than 41,000 have been presumed lost at sea.

The Remembrance service, emceed by Sherry Sivret, Mrs. Crown of Maine and retired Warrant Officer, MeARNG concluded with prayers by State Chaplain David Sivret, an explanation of the symbolism of the White Table, the story of the Wall by District Commander Kevin Woodward and laying roses on the White Table for all wars with the bell being tolled for each by George Blaney.  Olivia Stubbs, USA National Miss Maine Jr. Princess was presented with the Young American Award and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in her clear strong voice.  We thank the Calais Fire Department, Flowers by Janie and Dunkin Donuts for their support of this ceremony. 

 

The annual POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that America remembers to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned.  Let us always Remember….