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