September 21, 2012
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott delivered these remarks at a ceremony on September 21, 2012 at Camp Johnson, marking POW/MIA Remembrance Day.
Let me express to you how honored I am to be here on this solemn day.
On behalf of the State of Vermont, I’d like to especially recognize the representatives of your community: former prisoners of war, the families of the missing in action, and members of our active military, all of whom have joined us here this afternoon.
Today, as we honor those who have been imprisoned and those missing while defending our nation, we also honor their family members, who have kept those memories of their loved ones burning bright and who have never stopped pushing this nation and its leaders for the closure they deserve.
In every conflict in which our nation has been involved, our service members have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country and its principles. My dad was a World War II vet who returned from the D-Day invasion severely wounded. But I believe he counted himself as one of the more fortunate, because although he was severely disabled, he came back.
Too many have never come home, or have endured unthinkable hardship as prisoners of war. On this day, we must make it clear to our heroes that "You Are Not Forgotten."
We must never give up the search for those who are held as prisoners of war or who have gone missing under our country's flag. We honor their sacrifice, and we as a nation must care for their families while doing so.
We do this because we believe that every life is precious, and because those who put their lives on the line for this country need to know that we will spare no effort to bring them home, not only today, but every day.
We will never forget those who have sacrificed for our freedoms and our values. That is why this country is the greatest country on earth.
May God bless those who have lost their dear ones, may God bless their families, and may God bless this great nation of ours. Thank you.
Source: Office of the Lieutenant Governor
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