Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 852 will honor 30 Kansans still missing in action during a recognition ceremony Sept. 18.
Thirty Kansans still are missing in action from war, and leaders of the Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post say the country must not forget them and thousands of others whose fates are unknown.
VFW representatives went before Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night, thanking them for a proclamation promoting POW/MIA Recognition Week.
``We must remember those Americans who remain missing or unaccounted for,'' VFW Post No. 852 Commander Tom Meek stressed, reminding commissioners that 78,000 Americans who fought in World War II still are missing as well as 8,100 from the Korean War and 2,102 who fought in southeast Asia. ``Progress has been painfully slow. This nation must never forget its missing men.''
The proclamation commissioners signed said ``evidence, documentation and testimony continues to raise legitimate questions regarding final accountings for Americans missing in action or believed held as prisoners of war in foreign countries, and the whereabouts and fates of those Americans who were `last known alive' in enemy hands have yet to be determined.
``Information concerning these men is being withheld from the American people,'' the proclamation said.
Shaking hands with the group of VFW members, commissioners announced the week of Sept. 13 through 19 as POW/MIA Recognition Week and Sept. 18 as Recognition Day. Their proclamation urges residents to take part in activities promoting awareness of prisoners of war and those missing in action. The VFW will recognize the 30 Kansans still missing during a ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the post, 138 Ala.
One by one, VFW members will read the names of the 30 Kansans missing in action.
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