Memorial Day

American Soldiers... Active Duty, Veterans, POW, MIA, KIA...

Origins...

Memorial Day came about soon after the conclusion of the Civil War in order to remember the Union and Confederate soldiers who had passed. Since then Americans have spent the day observing the sacrifices of soldiers of wars both past and present.
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the Missing According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office

*WW2 - 73,000

*Korean War - 7,500

*Vietnam War - 1,600


Are they MIA, KIA, or POW?

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Soldier Profiles...

Army Sgt. Charles Allen, 23 of Mineola Texas

Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office released this report May 10, 2013 regarding the idenfication and return of Charles Allen's remains from Korea.

http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/2013/release_allen.pdf

Air Force Col. Mike Roberts

Army Sgt. Richard Desautels

Locked Up Abroad - Vietnam POWs McCain and Brace

Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington-VA

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"HERE RESTS in HONORED GLORY an AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT to GOD"

the Sentinal's Creed

THE SENTINEL'S CREED
My dedication to this sacred duty
is total and whole-hearted.
In the responsibility bestowed on me
never will I falter.
And with dignity and perseverance
my standard will remain perfection.
Through the years of diligence and praise
and the discomfort of the elements,
I will walk my tour in humble reverence
to the best of my ability.
It is he who commands the respect I protect,
his bravery that made us so proud.
Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day,
alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
this soldier will in honored glory rest
under my eternal vigilance.