On this National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Governor Sam Brownback issued the following statement in remembrance of Americans who were taken as Prisoners of War or are Missing in Action:
“Today we pause to remember the brave men and women of the military who never came home. We honor also the families who have waited through the years for their loved ones to return.
“As a nation we always have celebrated the safe return of our military men and women and we continue to hope those who were Prisoners of War or Missing in Action will one day be returned to their homeland and the embrace of family and friends. I encourage all Kansans to honor, remember and pray all those who were prisoners of war and those who remain missing in action even today.
“The POW/MIA flag flies every day at our State Capitol to remind us of those who remain missing and of our commitment to bring them home if at all possible. I encourage every organization and individual with a POW/MIA flag, to fly it on Sept. 16 as a symbol of that commitment.”
According to the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency, more than 83,000 American service members remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars and other recent conflicts. Many organizations work together to account for all POW/MIAs to either bring their remains home when possible, repatriate living POWs or find conclusive evidence that neither is a possibility. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday of September.