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POW - MIA Event Held

Former Prisoners of war honored.
An effort to remember the sacrifices made by special members of the military drew a big crowd to the Van Zandt V-A Medical Center on Friday.

The gathering was part of a national effort to honor former prisoners of war and those still missing in action. The National P-O-W, M-I-A recognition day is always observed on the third Friday of September.  And just as it does every year, the event drew a standing room only crowd in Altoona.
   
The pavilion outside of the Van Zandt V-A Medical Center was packed for the solemn   remembrance ceremony.   Members of all of the military branches were honored for their past service with special recognition given to those who spent time as a prisoner of war.
     
Speakers also talked about the importance of remembering those who are still listed as missing in action from past military conflicts. Friday's gathering gave community members the chance to honor those who spent time as prisoners in time of war.
     
While the ceremony was appreciated by many of the former prisoners attending, some of them said a highlight if the day was reuniting with other former P-O-Ws.  It gave them a chance to reflect back on their mutual service.
    
I'm glad to see that there are people here that are still thinking about us.  I have been paid better than any body else could pay me because I got home.   And from that point on that's all I needed.

The former prisoner of war said the real heroes were those who ended up making the supreme sacrifice of dying for their country and were not able to come home.


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