NEWPORT—Veterans and local officials recently gathered on the lawn of the American Legion building to honor and remember the country’s military members that are listed as POW (Prisoner of War) and MIA (Missing in Action). The event was hosted by American Legion Post 41.
“We are here to pay homage to those who gave their lives on the altar for our freedom,” said City of Newport Mayor Roland Dykes III.
American Legion First District Commander Ron Cales spoke on the significance of each placement at a table that was directly in front of the podium. He encouraged those attending to remember there are still members of our military unaccounted for or imprisoned.
State Representative Jeremy Faison also spoke at the event and provided some statistics. He said the POW/MIA records date back to the Revolutionary War. According to records, Tennessee has 23 POW military members from Vietnam and 26 still currently listed as MIA, along with a similar amount that are missing or imprisoned from the Persian Gulf War.
Mayor Dykes and County Mayor Crystal Ottinger presented the American Legion members with a proclamation declaring September 20 as POW/MIA Day.
Representatives from Congressman Phil Roe’s office were on hand as well as members of DAV Chapter 102, AMVETS Post 75, DAR, Quilts of Valor and the Cocke County High School NJROTC.