Togus Honors POW's & MIA Soldiers at Augusta Recognition Ceremony

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AUGUSTA, Maine. (WABI) Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta honored Maine POW's, soldiers still missing in action, and their families Friday.

A Recognition Day ceremony was conducted in the center's chapel.

There was one attending prisoner of war accompanied by his family.

Purple Heart recipient Don Lucero of Augusta served in the army in World War II.

Senior Army Chaplain Andrew Gibson of the Maine Army National Guard told those in attendance to never forget the stories of POW's or the memories of those missing in action.

"We still have 83,000 Missing In Action that could not be here to tell us their story. And when you throw that number out, people go, 'how could it be that many?' Well that's because we still hold as Missing In Action everyone who died for this country that we have a record of all the way back to the Civil War," said Col. Gibson.

The ceremony also featured music, prayer and a powerful message to never forget the sacrifices of service men and women.