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Counting all military personnel and civilian contracts from World War II to now, Commander Bill St. Gemme says there have been more than 140,000 Prisoners of War and 83,000 soldiers missing in action. And those are just the ones we know of, he says. Friday evening at 6pm at the VFW Post on East Atlantic, veterans will remember all of them.
“We do this every year; it’s a very honorable and sacred service. It’s really, like I said to honor those people, or their memories, and also their families,” St. Gemme said.
Veterans and their families will set up a traditional white table. It’s a remembrance table that started during the Vietnam War, the same war Commander St. Gemme served in. The table is full of symbolism: for example, it’s round, symbolizing the everlasting concern for the ones still missing. It also has a white cloth for the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty, and a red ribbon for the families and friends they left behind.
“All gave some, and some gave all. All gave some means we all served for a purpose, and some gave all means those who were killed or missing in action,” St. Gemme said.
VFW Post 3404 encourages anyone from the public to attend, and reminds veterans from World War II to Afghanistan that their doors are always open.
For KSMU News, I’m Anna Thomas.