Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Joins The Nation In Observing September 19, 2014 As National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Posted September 18, 2014

Ulster County Honors And Remembers The Sacrifices Of Our Veterans, Prisoners Of War, Those Missing In Action, And Military Families

Kingston, N.Y. – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein joins the nation in observing National POW/MIA Recognition Day to honor and remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA) and their families.   Americans can show their support by standing united in remembering those brave men and women who did not return home and focusing on the need to account for all those individuals still missing.

“I am proud that Ulster County is such a patriotic community as we  pay tribute to those men and women who have bravely served our Country, those service members who became prisoners of war, and those missing in action,” said County Executive Hein.  “Their sacrifice to protect our freedoms should be remembered this day and everyday as we continue the search and accounting of all those who are still missing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all military families and particularly those who face each day with the heartbreak and uncertainty of missing loved ones.”

"Military prisoners of war and missing in action are heroes that must never be forgotten,” said Steven Massee, Director of Ulster County Veteran Services Agency.  “They suffered in battle, captivity and some have paid the ultimate price in service to our country.  They merit our highest honor and remembrance, and we do so everywhere possible with the somber black flag inscribed with `YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.´   We wish comfort for their families and remain steadfast that the MIA search will never give up.   I commend the leaders of Ulster County for helping the community keep faith in honoring, remembering and never forgetting."

"In honor of those who were prisoners of war and those still missing in action, please take a moment to remember all of those brave men and women who have fought to protect our freedom, but never returned home. We must never forget,” said Keith Bennett, Deputy Director of Ulster County Veteran Services Agency.

According to the United State Department of Defense, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War.  National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of observance for all Americans to pause in remembrance of the sacrifices and service of those who were POWs as well as those who are MIA, and their families. National POW/MIA Recognition Day has come to symbolize the steadfast resolve of the American people to not forget the men and women who gave up their freedom to protect ours.