Auke Bay Legion Post remembering Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action

    Photo Courtesy of Auke Bay Legion Post 25.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Today, the third Friday of September, is Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day.

    The day serves as a remember to fallen and missing service members.

    Auke Bay Legion Post 25 will remember and pay tribute to them, and are reminding the community of the day.

    Past commander at Post 25 and eight-year Coast Guard veteran, Dick Hand, said the day is a time remembrance of the POWs and MIAs.

    "Some of them came home, some never have, and still MIAs out there, and we're still trying to strive to see if we can make this happen, get them home, or at least recognize the fact," said Hand. "Kind of like we talked about with Memorial Day, is we bring a message across, If we didn't do it, we might not have any remembrance of Memorial Day, and Memorial Day is to remember those that have gone before us. So this is part of that routine that we're trying to do as well. Just trying to bring it forth that this is a time to remember those folks."

    Hand was asked if there was anyone he thought of, he said there are folks he remembers some who were in conflicts like Vietnam.

    "I do have a couple of friends I knew from school and stuff that did lose their lives over there. Their bodies were brought home, but I know of a lot of other people that, they didn't, and so these are the people we're still trying to remember."

    The Auke Bay Legion Post 25 flag is flying at half staff from sunrise to sunset.

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