THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
HOLD CEREMONY"Members of the Marinette American Legion Post 39 held a ceremony to honor the POW/MIA soldiers from all wars Friday, Sept. 16 at Marinette City Hall. Gary Ziech, chaplain gave the opening prayer and Adjutant Mike McGowan, was the main speaker. McGowan also presented the missing man table symbolism. Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot also said a few words during the ceremony. Lloyd Angwall, new post commander, was introduced and spoke about the sacrifice our military makes. Top Photo-Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, acknowledges members of the Legion Post. Bottom Photo-Mike McGowan gives the history of the missing man table.
McGowan Speaks at POW/MIA Recognition
Issue Date: September 20, 2017
The Marinette American Legion Post 39 held an event for POW/MIA Recognition Day at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 in the Marinette City Hall Council Chambers. The event reflected on sacrifices made by military men and women who are recognized prisoners of war (POWs) or missing in action (MIA) from all war eras.
Each year, the third Friday in September is set aside to honor the commitment and the sacrifices made by the nation's Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing in Action, as well as their families.
National POW/MIA Recognition is one of the six days specified by federal law on which the black POW/MIA flag shall be flown over federal facilities and cemeteries, post offices and military installations.
Mike McGowan, Adjutant of American Legion Post 39 who spoke at the event stated, "Once again we have gathered here to honor the POW's that have returned, those that have not, and the MIA's still unaccounted. Who would have thought after 40 years since the fall of Saigon, it is still necessary to gather support for full accounting of all Americans still not returned or accounted for."
He continued, "Since last September our government had made over 80 announcements regarding recovery or accounting of remains of servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. But, that is still not enough as over 1640 men are still unaccounted for from southeast Asia alone, this includes 1275 from Vietnam, 307 in Laos, 53 in Cambodia, and 7 from the territorial waters of the People Republic of China.Their war is still not over, and families and friends deserve to know their final status even though most have resigned themselves to the fact they will never be accounted for.
"Accountability sounds fairly simple, each one of us here today, is held accountable for our work and actions every day. When the prisoners were released by North Vietnam, 113 men who had died in captivity were accounted for, though many of their remains were not returned, 2583 men remained unaccounted for at that time, a number which has been reduced to 1642 with continued effort since 1973."
"Thirty-seven names are listed on the roster of MIA's for Wisconsin, some of which have been recovered and reinterred here, some listed as "presumptive finding of death", and still others with no accounting. This list was compiled by a veterans group in the southern part of the state and leaving of all 37 names on the list is an honor extended for their continued remembrance."