September 17 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Every third Friday in September, we remember the hardships
endured by Americans captured during war, the loss of those
still missing and unaccounted for, and the continuing grief
borne by more than 81 thousand families awaiting news of
their loved ones.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) reports that 1,584 of that number (1,556 military, 28 civilian) are from the Vietnam War.
To commemorate this day, the Town of Nahant and its Veteran Services Department, will proudly display the POW/MIA Table, in the Great Hall at the Town Hall, provided to us by the American Legion Post 215 throughout the week leading up to Friday September 17, 2021.
This year’s theme is entitled America’s Commitment, Globally Fulfilled and was proclaimed recently at the Pentagon. During the ceremony, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks stated, “Working closely with partner nations, the Department of Defense is firmly committed to the fullest possible accounting for those U.S. personnel who remain missing. … We owe nothing less to the families who continue to wait for answers about the losses of their loved ones.”