MARQUETTE — Every year on the third Friday of September, America takes a day to recognize prisoners of war and members of our armed forces who have gone missing in action.
In honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans held a ceremony in their chapel today. Veterans and their loved ones came to honor and remember those captured or lost at war.
“A ceremony is important because there were soldiers that did not make it back home,” said Sarah Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator for the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. “There are veterans here who have been impacted on the POW or the MIA side, and it’s important for us to pause and take a moment to honor these individuals and their families.”
Many veterans attended the ceremony, which included special speakers and music. The ceremony was immediately followed by a reception. It was an emotional time for all, giving recognition and honor to those lost, whether they were known to those in attendance or not.
“I want people to realize that we are still finding and bringing home our veterans that have been lost in Korea, World War II, the islands, places like Iwo Jima,” said Stephen Olsen, VFW Representative for the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. “So we never want to forget. We want to never forget, and that’s the motto.”
If you would like to know more about the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, you can find more information here.