Lost, fallen veterans not forgotten
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 17, 2010) -- Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett honored missing and imprisoned veterans today with a proclamation declaring September 17-23, 2010, Knox County POW/MIARecognition Week. Sept. 17, 2010, is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
“My father served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II, so veterans have aspecial place in my heart,” Mayor Burchett said. “Thankfully, most of our soldiers return homesafe, but thousands since World War I have either been imprisoned during wartime, or have gone missing in action, never to return to the families and country they loved so much.”
More than 85,000 veterans are still missing from World War I, World War II, the Korean War,the Cold War and the war in Iraq. There is one listed POW in Afghanistan.
“Because of the sacrifice of all of our veterans, we live in the greatest community in the greatestcountry in the world,” Mayor Burchett said. “I hope that everyone in Knox County will take a moment today to honor all veterans and to remember those who served but were either imprisoned or never made it home.”
Mayor Burchett will present the signed proclamation to a group of area veterans and the KnoxCounty Veterans Service Office Monday before the Knox County Commission work session. This will happen around 2 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room in the City County Building.
Click here to view Mayor Burchett's proclamation.