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POW-MIA Recognition Day observed in Longview and across the U.S.


September 20 is National POW-MIA Recognition Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women of the U.S. military who have been taken as prisoners of war or are listed as missing in action.

In Longview, Vietnam veterans came together to observe the day. For them, it is a solemn look back to those they served with.

According to the Department of Defense, there are still over 83,000 Americans missing in action, dating back to WWII.

It is a reminder of sacrifice, and veterans say the work is not finished until all are accounted for.

"I think about it all  the time, about what happened to Ballard, what happened to Sergeant Thompson. Did they make it out, did we get them back? Didn't know, and to this day, I don't know," said Billy Clay, a veteran from the Marine Corps.

"Some of them gave their lives and some were captured by the enemy, and I think it's America's duty to try to get an accountability for these people," said U.S. Navy vet Marvin Ray Gibson.

The POW-MIA flag is flying over all government buildings across our country today as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made to defend our nation.

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