WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Board of County Commissioners recognized September 17, 2021 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day to demonstrate continued commitment to those taken prisoner in wartime and those who remain missing in action.
“The word ‘heroes’ is batted around a lot these days, but these are true heroes,” Commissioner Director James R. Kern III said. “We cannot forget the sacrifice they gave to our country.”
“We’re honoring and remembering those who gave everything so that we could have the freedoms that we have,” Commissioner Jason J. Sarnoski said.
Commissioner Lori Ciesla said she was glad that American Legion, Carl D. Archer Post 528 in White Township holds an annual ceremony to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.
“It is one of the worst things for a family, when your soldier does not come home,” Ciesla said.
Accepting a proclamation from the commissioners were Milly Rice and Charlie Rothenbeck of Post 528, who also both serve on the Warren County War Memorial Corporation.
Sarnoski thanked them, the Legion Post, the War Memorial Corporation and other groups for all they do “to keep veterans in our memory, not only on this day but every day.”
Carl D. Archer Post 528 is conducting a Recognition Day ceremony at the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action memorial, located at the Oscar Unangst Memorial Fields, in White Township at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021. The public is welcome to attend to show appreciation and gratitude for those men and women who have fought and were imprisoned as POWs.