By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Dozens of people attended the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center's annual Prisoner of War (POW)/Missing in Action (MIA) Recognition Day ceremony on Friday.
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Nicole Kleist of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, at right, gives the welcome speech to attendees of the center’s annual POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony on Friday. Also pictured are Chaplain Art Mitchell, at left, and Laura Branz of the VA.
The ceremony is held each year on the third Friday in September, which has been designated as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Nicole Kleist of the VA welcomed veterans and visitors to the ceremony. She specifically recognized three local POWs who were in attendance.
"Your strength is a testament to the American character," she said. "We are honored to have you and your families here today, thank you."
Kleist also mentioned the thousands of families nationwide who have loved ones missing in action.
Also on hand at the ceremony were members of the Kingsford High School Concert Chorale, who sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "An Honor to Serve," several individuals who read poems, the American Legion Post 50, and members of the Patriot Riders.
According to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, approximately 73,000 Americans from World War II, 7,500 from the Korean War, 1,600 from the Vietnam War, and 126 from the Cold War are still unaccounted for.
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