POW/MIA Recognition Day marked with service at Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE – During a brief and sparsely attended local observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, Dan Wilson, commander of AMVETS Post 275, read the names of 63 repatriated service members who were returned and identified since last year’s observance.

The names – acknowledged during the ceremony held at Historic Fort Steuben at the flagpole – were of U.S. service members representing 22 states and three conflicts: World War II, Korean and Vietnam.

The states include Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, in addition to Utah, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Indiana, California, Illinois, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Kentucky, Washington, Wisconsin, North Dakota, New York, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

But with the remembering comes a reminder, according to Wilson.

“This happens every year on the third Friday of September, and it’s put together to recognize all of the more than 83,000 POWS and MIAs who are still unaccounted for from all wars since World War II,” Wilson said.

“This is our way to recognize the day and honor those who were recovered and remind everyone of the more than 83,000 still out there,” Wilson added.

The ceremony Friday was organized by AMVETS Post 275, with attendance including representatives of the AMVETS Post, the Steubenville American Legion Post 33, Brilliant American Legion Post 573 and the Vietnam Veterans Support Group.

Wilson said the observance “highlights our nation’s effort to spare no effort to repatriate those service members who served their country and as a result, became unaccounted or missing. Terms like ‘Keeping the Promise,’ ‘Fulfill Their Trust’ and ‘No One Left Behind’ are several of many mottos that refer to the efforts of the Department of Defense to recover those who became missing while serving our nation.”

The ceremony included the invocation and benediction given by Matz Malone, vice commander of AMVETS Post 275. A moment of silence was observed.

Information is available on each of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines online at the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, according to Wilson.

“There you can review the lists of the more than 83,000 service members still unaccounted for from our nation’s wars and conflicts from World War II through the present,” Wilson said.