WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Denham today issued the following statement on National POW/MIA Recognition Day in honor of those who were Prisoners Of War (POW) and those who are Missing In Action (MIA), as well as their families:
“Nothing should give us more pride than to welcome American military personnel home from the many conflicts in which we are engaged. However, as we do, we must also remember those who never returned; not just those who perished, but the many thousands whose final fates are still unknown. Today, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is dedicated to these men and women who have gone missing in service to their nation.
“More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. It is our solemn obligation to spare no effort in finding and bringing these Americans home.
“As the black and white flag that honors our prisoners of war and those missing in action flies over the United States Capitol and across the country today, please keep these brave men and women in your thoughts and prayers and remember the families for whom no closure has come.”