Base recognizes POW/MIA sacrifices;
By Col. Joseph R. Wingard
| | September 12, 2002
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, GA -- Tomorrow we will recognize the heroism of Americans who were incarcerated in enemy Prisoner of War camps, those Americans who remain missing in action and unaccounted for, and the families who love them. Our debt to these heroes is immeasurable. We owe them our deepest respect and most sincere gratitude. Although the sacrifices made by their loved ones may appear to be less heroic, waiting for news of a loved one's fate or knowing that a loved one is in the hands of a merciless enemy are equal measures of heroism. Staying behind when a loved one must venture into harm's way is, in itself, an incredibly traumatic experience. Becoming a single parent during such a separation must be equally terrifying. Yet, these family members held onto hope during this difficult time and many of them worked to support the war effort here at home. Their courage, commitment, dedication and faith have become synonymous with the title "American." I find it impossible to address these issues without mentioning the many ceremonies held throughout the nation yesterday to commemorate those who lost their lives during the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The emergency personnel who responded to the 9/11 tragedies also demonstrated American attributes of courage, commitment, dedication and faith. Our nation is still staggered by the number of lives lost on that day. The fate of many, like our POWs, remains a mystery. Nevertheless, the families and loved ones left behind have persevered, and attest to the strength of their faith and the power of their unwavering patriotism. From each of us inspired by these Americans - returned POWs, MIAs, those lost or injured on Sept. 11, 2001, and the loved ones of them all Ð I thank you on behalf of all MCLB Albany personnel. Your sacrifices will always remain the standard for U.S. citizens to follow.