Gold Stars, Purple Hearts, and Missing
BY JIM DOYLE
Parade Field at The Pentagon was the site of National POW/MIA
Recognition Day Ceremony on September 21.
Keynote Speaker Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) lost an arm in
combat during World War II while serving with the famous 442nd
Regimental Combat Team, which was comprised of American citizens
of Japanese ancestry and commanded by white officers. He is the
recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Medal of
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers and
other dignitaries, including VVA President Tom Corey, watched as
troops passed in review along the green lawn at the conclusion of
The following Saturday, September 26, a group of people who would
have preferred not to know each other gathered together as they
have every year since 1929. American Gold Star Mothers met for the
installation of new officers for the coming year. Ann Herd, whose
son Ronnie died in Vietnam in 1970, was installed as the new
VVA Staff Director Joe Sternburg represented President Tom Corey.
"Just as veterans relate to other veterans," Sternburg, who was
accompanied by VVA staff members, said, "you can relate to the new
mothers and share your pain, sorrow, and the joy of carrying on
your life and your mission, and to remind everyone never to forget
those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice."
proclamation urged "all members of Vietnam Veterans of America
to observe the day by paying respects to those mothers whose sons
and daughters have made the supreme sacrifice and to sincerely
honor through word and deed the American Gold Star Mothers."