POW/MIA recognition week scheduled

Members of Ladewig Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 and World’s Cheese Center Post 5612 Veterans of Foreign War will gather at the Plymouth City Hall flag pole Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m. for a special program in honor of Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day.

First observed July 18, 1979, the date changed numerous times until 1986 when the third Friday in September became the official date of the observance.

It is anticipated that both President Obama and Governor Walker will issue a proclamation in honor of the day.

In the city of Plymouth, it will be Prisoner of War Missing/ Action Recognition Week in accordance with the proclamation issued by Mayor Don Pohlman at the Sept. 8 City Council meeting.

“Some of us just felt the issue of more than 83,000 unaccounted for servicemen merited more than just one day” according to retired Sheboygan County Veterans Service Officer and Post 243 POW/ MIA committee Chairman Jim Riesenberg.

“The two-fold purpose of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to honor our missing service members and their families, and to remind our government of its obligation to the families of the more than 83,000 unaccounted for.”

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