Robins Air Force Base ceremony honors POW’s , MIA’s and veterans
People gathered inside Hangar One of the Museum of Aviation to pay homage to Prisoners Of War (POW’s) and military personnel Missing In Action MIA’s.
Former Commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, and Retired Lieutenant General, Claude Kicklighter, served as guest speaker for the event.
Kicklighter is leading the Commemoration for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
“Our congress has passed a law, to task the Department of Defense in leading the effort in our nation to honor our Vietnam Veterans and their families,” says (Ret.) Lt. General Kicklighter. “Especially families who lost love ones in this war, and families who have love ones still missing and unaccounted for.”
He told the crowd the time has come to honor the men and women who served in the Vietnam War.
“But also our Prisoners Of War and now it’s time for our nation, to remember and thank a group of veterans who in some cases have never been thanked for their services,” he added. “So, it’s important that our communities and organizations all across America get involve and assist a grateful nation and accomplish this mission.“
To date, there are more than 1,600 Americans unaccounted for from the Vietnam Conflict, according to the Defense Prisoner of War website.
“We want to make sure this commemoration is very inclusive. We don’t want to forget any veterans,” he added. “Our WWII veterans, who did such a wonderful job serving this nation, are disappearing all too fast.”
The current number missing from Iraqi Freedom and the Persian Gulf is five. Two service members are missing from Dessert Storm, three contractors from Iraqi Freedom, according to the Defense Prisoner of War website.
“We also want to remember the men and women serving today,” he continued. “What a magnificent job they’ve done and are doing coming off the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. We want to make sure we don’t forget them either.”