Letter to the editor: MIA/POW Recognition Day is Friday
By: From N.V. “Vince” Sando, Lake County Veterans Office, Lake County News Chronicle
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 20. Observances are held the third Friday of September each year. We, as Americans who have enjoyed freedoms for which someone has paid the price, should take pause to recognize, thank, or remember those of our friends, neighbors, and family members who were prisoners of war, or are still missing in action. They are amongst us, in our communities, usually keeping a low profile until asked to be part of some sort of ceremony or observance.
If you know someone who has sacrificed in this manner, please take a moment to say “thank you,” and don’t forget that family members, often a spouse, endured uncertainty during their loved one’s missing in action status, captivity, and its aftermath. It’s the right thing to do.
I am compelled to conclude this reminder with these questions (with respect to Carl Sandburg):
Who paid for my freedom?
What was the price?
Am I somehow beholden?
Something on which to meditate.