On Memorial Day or any day of the year, I can visit the burial sites of my three brothers who served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Their families and I know they rest in peace in Nebraska and South Dakota, not like the families of the more than 81,900 American MIAs (missing in action) that remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the gulf wars and other conflicts. The family members of these comrades do not know where their loved ones are. The third Friday is a day we honor our MIAs and POWs.

Neither I nor my brothers were ever POWs (prisoners of war) or MIAs, but thousands of our service members experienced the inhuman treatment of torture, beatings, freezing and starvation while defending the freedom we enjoy today.

As a member of “The Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses,” we promise to be present at all memorial services and funerals of our comrades — whenever possible —  and we also promise and pledge to hold all days honoring our comrades sacred. We further pledge to honor the families of these comrades. Today, we ask all American citizens to join us in remembering these comrades and their families in your prayers, and that we may get a more complete accounting of these POWs and MIAs

Lord, we ask for Your guidance so to live that we may die, worthy of their sacrifices, Amen.

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