More than 30 people visited the Mesquite Veterans Center on Sept. 21 to honor the lives and memories of military men and women who were prisoners of war, or still are missing in action.
Mesquite City Councilman Allan Litman, a Vietnam veteran who is one of the founders of the Mesquite Veterans Center, spoke to the crowd.
“Today we are here to remember those who were prisoners of war, and those missing in action, as well as their families,” he said.
Between World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Iraq, and other conflicts, more than 82,000 soldiers still have not been accounted for.
“I know at this point in our lives, the missing are probably just numbers to us. But to many they are still family members, families without closure,” said Litman.
Other local veterans, and family members of war veterans, spoke in honor of missing soldiers, stating that they are missing but will never be forgotten.
The United States National Recognition POW/MIA day has been observed yearly on the third Friday in September since 1979. This is the first year the Mesquite Veterans Center has done the event.
“This is a first, but you can see the people in Mesquite come out,” said Litman. The outdoor event lasted about 35 minutes.