IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

September 20, 2001

No. 01-25
301 585-4000
Contact: Jim Greene

 

VVA PRESIDENT CALLS FOR AMERICANS TO HONOR ALL POWs AND MIAs

 

 Vietnam Veterans of America President Thomas H. Corey today called on America to pay tribute to our country’s former prisoners of war, and those still listed as POWs, and missing in action, as the Department of Defense holds a ceremony honoring them at Arlington National Cemetery on September 21st

Corey, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, said the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony is made more meaningful because of the recent terrorist attack at the Pentagon, the nation’s military headquarters, which borders the hallow grounds of the cemetery, and the devastating attack on the World Trade Center. 

The ceremony takes place at the cemetery’s Amphitheater where retired Lieutenant Colonel Orson G. Swindle, a former Marine Corps pilot who spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, will address former POWs, their families and friends, active duty military personnel, and members of veterans service organizations.  

Swindle’s words, Corey emphasized, will be especially timely since the nation faces an uncertain period while waiting for appropriate military action designed to rid the world of terrorism. That action, he stressed, will likely produce new POWs and MIAs. 

“VVA,” Corey said, “has a long history of pushing for the fullest possible accounting of all our POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War.”  This, Corey concluded, “remains one of our highest priorities, as does our support of the new generation of servicemen and women who will fight in this conflict.”  

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