Vietnam Veterans of America’s Chapter 1098 held an afternoon of remembrance in September, dedicating a POW/MIA plaque at the Lake Charles, La., Veterans Park.
“We will never forget those who remain unaccounted for and continue to try to bring them all home,” Fort Polk JRTC Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Dodson told the American Press. “They have paid the ultimate sacrifice and that is the reason we do it.”
The POW/MIA Accounting Agency has recovered the remains of 129 service members from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War since the beginning of the year. Some 72,960 service members from World War II, 7,699 from the Korean War and 1,597 from the Vietnam War are still missing.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Dodson said. “There are mothers, fathers, siblings, spouses and children who go to bed every night wondering if there is a chance that their loved one is still alive. They likely understand that the chance is minimal but not knowing for certain leaves an empty hole in your heart.”