Saluting those men and women who served our nation as prisoners of war, dozens spent the day at Camp Johnson in Colchester, Vt. honoring their sacrifice.
As part of a nationwide observance the Vermont National Guard took part in POW Recognition Day, taking a special moment to remember those who were prisoners of war as well as over 80,000 service members who remain missing.
Officers say it’s important to continue to tell these stories.
“It is all about where we have been and where we’re going,” Major General Steven Cray said. “Gentlemen like Mr. Cassidy who have done so much for their country, it’s our responsibility to do it.”
Clyde Cassidy, a POW who served in World War II spoke about his experiences in the army.
Candidate for Vermont Governor Phil Scott also spoke at the ceremony recalling his father’s service during World War II.