FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - An emotional day at Fort Gordon Friday as veterans came together for the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Recognition Ceremony.
Col. Samuel Anderson spoke to the crowd of veterans and family members, reminding them to never forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"The values that make this nation great have been paid for by the blood and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. We must ensure that they will never be forgotten. The very foundation of our nation is formed upon...is dependent upon us never forgetting those that have paid, and those that will," Col. Anderson said.
Wreaths for various branches of the armed forces were laid at the POW/MIA Monument.
Korean War Veteran and POW Edward Williams said events like this are an emotional time remembering those who fought beside them.
"It means a whole lot. You lose your buddies and your friends, and you never forget that," Williams said.
And for others, like WWII Veteran James Dixon, it gives them a sense of pride.
"It makes me proud to be an American, and proud that I was able to serve my country," Dixon said.
The message was clear: we must never stop searching for those who have gone missing overseas.
"I will never quit. Our government, our armed forces, and you and I must never give up the search for any answers regarding our missing brothers in arms. Today, we are reaffirming our commitment to that noble cause and to each other" Col. Anderson said.
Both veterans say they will be back each year to remember the men and women who fought for our country.