VFW to Honor POW/MIAs

September 13, 2018 GMT

TOWNSEND -- Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Auxiliary will conduct a Candlelight POW/MIA Ceremony on the Townsend Common on Friday, Sept. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of the ceremony is to honor all prisoners of war and those missing in action, and to remind residents that we must continue to push for a complete accounting of all those still missing in action and those held against their will.

The 39 Massachusetts residents still unaccounted for in Indochina following the Vietnam Conflict will be especially remembered.

The Townsend VFW Post and its Auxiliary ask all area residents to join them in honoring and remembering all POWs and those missing in action by wearing a red ribbon to show concern for the 1,629 American servicemen and civilians who are still missing and unaccounted for in Indochina following the Vietnam Conflict, as well as the more than 3,150 World War I POW/MIAs, the 73,538 World War II POW/MIAs, the 7,881 Korean Conflict POW/MIAs, and the POW/MIA’s from more recent conflicts.


By displaying a red ribbon, wearing a POW/MIA bracelet, or flying a black POW/MIA flag beneath the American flag, citizens show they will not be satisfied until all Americans being held are released, the fullest possible accounting is made of the missing, and the remains of those who died serving the country are returned.

VFW Post #6538 and its Auxiliary feel that these Americans and their families deserve nothing less.