The local area will again commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day today, along with people throughout the United States. The President of the United States sets the third Friday of September aside each year under proclamation.
"It is a day when we remember those who served, gave their lives and especially the 1,644 Americans still missing and unaccounted for during the Vietnam War. On this day our POW/MIAs should be honored and recognized, with the focus on the need for a full accounting, alive or dead. A strong, united, responsible support by the American people is crucial to achieving concrete answers to loved ones families, friends and the American people," stated Danny S. McGill, Secretary Chapter #459 VVA. "Chapter #459, Vietnam Veterans of America encourages you and your community to fly the American and POW/MIA flags on this day and to remember those who still have not returned 'home.'"
Other than "Old Glory" the POW/MIA flag is the only flag to fly over the White House, having been displayed in the place of honor on POW/MIA Day since 1982.
On Aug. 10, 1990 Congress passed a law which recognized the POW flag and designated it "As the symbol of our nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."
"We ask you to please remember - in your own way - those who have served and those who are still unaccounted for not just on this day, but every day. New York state currently has 106 still unaccounted for but none from Chautauqua County," McGill added. "Our Chapter thanks you for allowing us the opportunity to explain the meaning of this very special day for the Vietnam Veteran, as well as America itself."
Chapter 459 will be selling the POW/MIA poppy at the Fredonia WalMart today and Saturday.
A POW/MIA Remem-brance will be held at the Dunkirk Memorial Post 62, 211 Central Ave. on Saturday at 10 a.m.