POW/MIA Recognition Day Honors Prisoners of War, Missing in Action

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POW/MIA Recognition Day Honors Prisoners of War, Missing in Action


Rumfelt, Sarah, The Tuscaloosa News


Organizers of the POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6022 said Friday's audience was the largest in the event's nine years.

Walter Turner, chaplain of the Cottondale VFW post and VFW District 6 commander, welcomed the audience by reminding them of the event's purpose.

"I am honored to be here today to salute the men and women who have served and sacrificed to keep America free," Turner said.

The tribute began with a presentation of the colors presented by Paul W. Bryant High School Junior ROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem, sung by Terry Turner.

More than 83,000 U.S. military service members have been listed as missing or unaccounted for since World War II, Walter Turner said.

He pointed out that the number included mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.

"I cannot imagine not knowing if (my family member) were alive or dead," Walter Turner said.

VFW Post 6022 members and local veterans presented the "Missing Man" table with the assistance of students from Collins-Riverside Middle School. With each veteran and student, a piece was added to the table, symbolizing different aspects of POWs/MIAs.

The round table showed everlasting concern. …

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