Boozman speaks at POW/MIA ceremony
U.S. Sen. John Boozman spoke Friday at the Defense Department’s National POW/ MIA Recognition Day, acknowledging the risks taken by service members and the sacrifices they make.
The ceremony, on the lawn outside the Pentagon, included performances by the U.S. Army Band, honor guards and a flyover by two F/A-18 fighter jets.
The Republican from Rogers, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the audience about Marine Pfc. Larry Roberts of Damascus, who went missing in action during World War II.
He was killed in 1943 on a small Pacific island while battling Japanese forces, and his remains were finally identified with the help of DNA testing.
He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery earlier this year.
The nation is indebted to men like Roberts and is duty-bound to bring them home, Boozman said.
“Each day when I walk by the POW/MIA flag outside my office, it’s a reminder of the obligation we have to our prisoners of war, those missing in action and their families,” Boozman said.
“To our POWs, thank you for your steadfast commitment to our country in the hours, days, weeks, months and years of despair, torture and hardship. To the families waiting to be reunited with your loved ones, thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your courage, and never, ever give up hope,” he added.