Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-09) issued the following statement today in recognition of National POW/MIA Recognition Day:
"We must never forget the selfless sacrifices of America's true heroes -- the men and women of our Armed Forces. They have defined the meaning of patriotism and heroism, and they embody the American spirit that has forged a better and brighter future for our Nation's children and grandchildren. On the third Friday of September, we pay tribute to the lives and contributions of the more than 83,000 Americans who are still listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. No matter how much time has passed, we remain committed to bringing these brave men and women home."