Ceremony Remembers POW and MIA Soldiers

Posted at: 09/20/2013 10:58 PM
Updated at: 09/21/2013 11:39 AM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a national day to honor service members who are prisoners of war or missing in action.

It's a horrific experience many of us could never imagine, since World War One, more than 200,000 soldiers have been POW/MIA.

Right now there more than 83,000 service men who are still missing overseas. We were at a ceremony in Rochester Thursday. It's a day for national recognition and Friday night at Soldiers Field in Rochester, people gathered by the dozens to remember those prisoners of war or those still missing in action.

The VFW Post 215 and American Legion Post 22 in Rochester marched in to start of the ceremony. Those who spoke, educated the crowd on what this day means and why it's so important people take time to remember those men and women. Roughly 83,000 soldiers are still missing as we speak, meaning 83,000 families are still waiting for their loved ones to come home.

We spoke with the director of the POW/MIA Riders. He said this day hits home for him because his grandpa was a prisoner of war. "Some of those expressions and the tearfulness and the crying with him over those moments, I don't know what other way that we could honor those men and women by not only honoring them, but telling them in the greatest way thank you for all that you've done for us," said State Director of the POW/MIA Riders, Scott Egger.

Also at Friday’s events they said a prayer, played Taps, and rang the Bell of Honor.