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VFW members commemorate POW/MIA service members. / Laura Austin Photo

Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes POW/MIA heroes

Friday, September 16th was National POW/MIA Recognition Day – A day to celebrate the lives of those service member heroes who are gone but not forgotten.

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored a POW/MIA Remembrance Saturday, September 7th at the VFW Hall.

Dr. Mercer Morgan / Laura Austin Photo

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Mercer Morgan, Weapons Logistics Integration Division Head.

In Morgan’s closing remarks he quoted Article 6 of the Navy Code of Conduct “I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

Throughout American military history, we have had numerous prisoners of war. If you noticed Article 6 ends with trusting in God and the United States of America. 

He concluded,  “Our country has survived because of our foundational beliefs. And it’s not about religion, it’s about spirituality. It is said that the difference between religion and spirituality is that religion is for people who don’t want to go to hell; spirituality is for people who have been there. I take the spiritual approach to prisoners of war. They have been to hell for us and for that I am eternally grateful.”