Wayne County Michigan Men and Women on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
POW-MIA Recognition Day Chapter 528: A chapter supported function to remember and honor POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday, September 17, 2010. This takes place at the POW/MIA Memorial, Oakland Hills in Novi, Michigan. Chapter 528 had many of its members take part in the Services.
There are still 1,740 U.S. personnel listed as missing and unaccounted for from Vietnam War, and 53 from Michigan. Two listed as captured from Irag and Afghanistan. Iraq: Specialist Ahmed K. Altaie Oct 23 2006 and Afghanistan PFC Bowe Bergdahl Jul 19, 2009. August 02, 2009 remains were Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher who was shot down flying F/A-18 Hornet over West-central Iraq on January 17th, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. Acting on information provided by an Iraqi citizen in early July, US Marines stationed in Al Anbar Province went to a location in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of Captain Speicher's jet. The Iraqi citizen stated he knew of two Iraqi citizens who recalled an American jet impacting the desert and the remains of the pilot being buried in the desert. One of these Iraqi citizens stated that they were present when Captain Speicher was found dead at the crash site by Bedouins and his remains buried. The Iraqi citizens led US Marines to the site who searched the area. Remains were recovered over several days during the past week and flown to Dover Air Force Base for scientific identification by the AFIP’s Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The recovered remains include bones and multiple skeletal fragments. Positive identification was made by comparing Captain Speicher's dental records with the jawbone recovered at the site. The teeth are a match, both visually and radiographically. While dental records have confirmed the remains to be those of Captain Speicher, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology DNA Lab in Rockville, Maryland is running DNA tests on the remains recovered in Iraq and comparing them to DNA reference samples previously provided by family members. Results will take approximately 24 hours. There are still 1,740 U.S. personnel listed as missing and unaccounted for from Vietnam War, and 53 from Michigan. Two listed as captured from Irag and Afghanistan.
Check out the List of Michigan POW-MIA. The List was updated June 14, 2010.
Forgotten Eagles of Michigan (POW-MIA)
Forgotten Eagles of Michigan (POW-MIA)
Michigan Remembers Run Information for the 11th Annual Michigan Remembers Run.
National League of Families POW-MIA
Prayer For (POW-MIA) Prisoners
Prisoner of War Committee of Michigan
A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2007. This ceremony will feature troops from each of the military services. The president will issue a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country. Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. 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.
Use this Link for the National Web Site for MIA-POW.
As you entered the banquet hall this evening, you may have noticed a small table in a place of honor. It is set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POWs or MIAs, we call them "Brothers." They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them. This Table set for one is small-Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. Remember! The Tablecloth is white-Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. Remember! The single Red Rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return. Remember! The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember! The Candle, the candle is lit-Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. Remember! A Slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember! There is Salt upon the bread plate-Symbolic of the families tears as they wait. Remember! The Glass is inverted-They cannot toast with us this night. Remember! The Chair-The chair is empty. They are not here. Remember! Remember!-All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you. Remember! Remember!-Until the day they come home, Remember!