Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin honored Prisoners of War, those Missing in Action and their families during a ceremony at the State Capitol today. In observance of National POW/MIA week, Gov. Tomblin proclaimed September 21, 2012 as POW/MIA Day in West Virginia.
"Today, we reaffirm our commitment to bring every American soldier home. We pledge that for as long as it takes, we will carry the legacy of these American heroes and await their return," Gov. Tomblin said. "The stark black and white flag honoring America's Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action will always serve as a powerful reminder: You are Not Forgotten."
"Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action hold a special place in the hearts of all who have served and in the hearts of all Americans. The sacrifices made by those heroes and their loved ones are beyond words, and we can never fully express the depth of our gratitude," West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Cabinet Secretary Keith Gwinn said. "Please take a moment today to remember those brave individuals, and what their service has done for you and your family."
Approximately 83,000 Americans are still missing from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.