Paying respects


The number of Americans who remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War and other conflicts is more than 80,000.

Sept. 21, 2019 — On Friday, local veterans from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans coordinated the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Day ceremony in Florence, which was held at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Bay Street in Historic Old Town.

The number of Americans who remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War and other conflicts is more than 80,000. POW and MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 and is now held on the third Friday of September each year. This national recognition day is the time when Americans are asked to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by the military men and women who are imprisoned or unaccounted for as a result of their military service.

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