Sept. 16 was POW/MIA day. Throughout the year, we remember and commemorate the lives of our fellow Airmen, Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and civilians, and reflect upon their extraordinary sacrifices made on behalf of this country.
This is a time to remember the faces of the prisoners of war and the missing in action, recall the names of those still missing and to reaffirm the pledge our nation’s leaders have made to account for every service member who did not come home.
When they joined the armed services, they dedicated their lives to protect all that made this country what it is today.
To heart, they took the true meaning of our heritage, to include the Armed Forces Code of Conduct. These articles address the situations and decision areas that, to some degree, all military personnel could encounter. These articles include basic information which American POWs relied upon in their struggle to survive while captured and to continue their efforts to escape by all means necessary.
The men and women of this country have served bravely and with much confidence in various wars – to include the present fight in Afghanistan, Iraq and other theaters of the war on terror. – knowing that, if they do fall in battle, our nation will do everything in its power to bring them home.
Throughout history, Americans have stood ready against those who would threaten all that we believe in. We continue to defend the principles of freedom and liberty in wars throughout the world while helping others to accomplish and receive the same freedoms we hold dear to our hearts.
Many endured unimaginable hardships as prisoners of war, while others remain unaccounted for. Our nation’s senior leaders demand a full accounting.
Let us rededicate our efforts in honoring them and the sacrifices they made. For one moment, I ask that all Airmen stop, pause and from the heart remember our fallen heroes and tell them, “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.”