WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, honored our nation’s armed forces today by observing POW/MIA Recognition Day. POW/MIA Recognition Day is in tribute to the service members who have faced extreme hardships as prisoners of war and those who have yet to return from the battlefield.
“We must honor the men and women of our armed forces for their tremendous sacrifices on our nation’s behalf,” Brown said. “This day we are reminded of the service members who remain missing in action and their families, and of the sacrifices made by those who have been prisoners of war.”
Today’s observance is one of six days that Congress has marked for the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.
There are 534 Ohio service members who served during the last 60 years and are unaccounted for.