Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Annual Ex-POW/MIA Vigil

Annual Ex-POW/MIA Vigil in New Hampshire
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 
Where: New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH
The annual ceremony, hosted by Dept of NH Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), will be held in the Chapel.
* The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.




RECOGNITION DAY

2017 National POW/MIA Recognition Day Friday, September 15th

National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. This annual event honors our missing service members and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.  Across the country, local POW/MIA ceremonies are encouraged throughout POW/MIA Recognition Week, culminating with countless events and the national ceremony in Washington, DC, on Recognition Day.  Support for these missing Americans and their families is deeply felt.  America’s POW/MIAs should be honored and recognized, rather than memorialized, with the focus on continuing commitment to account as fully as possible for those still missing.  Strong, united support by the American people is crucial to achieving concrete answers


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act – 2016

Sharing from Bob Jones....
From: Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs [mailto:coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 2:38 PM
Subject: Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act - 2016
Hello Everyone,
On Thursday, September 29th, Senator Kelly Ayotte will introduce the Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act of 2016. This is long awaited legislation to declassify documents relating to missing armed forces personnel from all conflicts. The Senator will be issuing a press release and would like to include brief statements of support from organizations involved in the accounting mission.
Attached is a highlights page from the bill, as well as the proposed legislation itself. Please join us in support by sending comments to the Senator’s national security legislative aide, Ryan Clark: ryan_clark@ayotte.senate.gov. (Include the subject line: Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act – 2016.)
There is too much information on missing men from all conflicts still waiting in classified documents, including intelligence reports and prisoner-of-war debriefs. Their classification status is maintained not because of critical information relating to the nation’s security but because there has never been a strong enough call to release them. This legislation will do that.
We hope that your organization will be part of this national effort to bring new information to the fate of missing men from all conflicts and answers to their families.
Thank you.
Rick
Richard Downes, President
(Lt. Hal Downes, MIA)
Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs


Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act 2016 (Highlights)

A BILL To provide for the creation of the Missing Armed Forces Personnel Records Collection at the National Archives, to require the expeditious public transmission to the Archivist and public disclosure of Missing Armed Forces Personnel records, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Bring Our Heroes Home Act of 2016’’.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS, DECLARATIONS, AND PURPOSES.

(a) FINDINGS AND DECLARATIONS.—Congress finds and declares the following:
(1) A vast number of records relating to Missing Armed Forces Personnel have not been identified, located, or transferred to the National Archives for review and declassification. Only in the rarest cases is there any legitimate need for continued protection of records pertaining to Missing Armed Forces Personnel who have been missing for decades.
 (2) There has been insufficient priority placed on identifying, locating, transferring, reviewing, or declassifying records relating to Missing Armed Forces Personnel.
(3) Mandates for declassification set forth in multiple Executive Orders have been broadly written, loosely interpreted, and often ignored by Federal Government officials in possession and control of records related to Missing Armed Forces Personnel.
(4) No individual or entity has been tasked with oversight of the identification, collection, review, and declassification of records related to Missing Armed Forces Personnel.
(5) The interest, desire, workforce, and funding of Federal agencies to assemble, review, and declassify records relating to Missing Armed Forces Personnel have been lacking.
(6) All records of the Federal Government relating to Missing Armed Forces Personnel should be preserved for historical and Governmental purposes.
(7) All records of the Federal Government relating Missing Armed Forces Personnel should carry a presumption of immediate disclosure, and all such records should be disclosed under this Act to enable the fullest possible accounting for Missing Armed Forces Personnel.
(8) Legislation is necessary to create an enforceable, independent, and accountable process for the public disclosure of records relating to Missing Armed Forces Personnel.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Prayer

We stand for them.......The young and the brave......Now that day is done.

We stand for them with honor, with pride, with broken hearts and empty arms......
Memorial Day.

Our heroes have gone on before us - too young to go - but too brave to stay. Our hearts were set on our lives together, an eternity of days, a future of tomorrows...... yet, day is done.

We draw together in prayer.

May we give thanks to the Almighty that we have such a land of blessing and hope to live in. A land provided and sustained by the brave of our nation. Those who have stepped forth to right wrongs and secure liberties. Those, our heroes, who have gone before us.

May we remember and pray for their families ~ seeking their comfort, their healing, their strength. May we beseech God that they may live in peace, the peace brought forth to our nation by the sacrifice of their hero.

And may we pray for one another. May we never forget what our heroes have given. May we hold our standards high and bringing their honor forth.

Those, too young to go - but too brave to stay......

Now day is done.....
WE STAND FOR THEM!

Peace and Prayers,

May your Memorial Day be One of Blessing, Safety, and Honor,

Rev. Lin McGee
Former National Chaplain
Star Mothers of America, Inc.


Friday, May 20, 2016

NH Freedom Ride Key Note Speaker ~ June 16, 2016

Our speaker will be Richard Downes, Executive Director of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs. The Coalition promotes the fullest possible accounting for American servicemen who remain missing in action. Richard's father is MIA/Korea.

Missing-in-Action
Soldiers sent into battle face dire realities. One of these ends is the possibility that, like disappearing into a Stephen King fog, he or she will simply never be heard from again.

This kind of enigmatic loss ripples through generations of the man or woman’s family. There is no ending to their story. There is no grieving to begin healing. There is only uncertainty, longing, and an ever-present hope that he or she will return one day.

​It is a wound that never heals.

No matter how much one tries to accept this kind of loss, a place in the heart simply needs to know what happened to someone that important in our lives. It is an essence of who we are as human beings. In a tragic way, all the missing soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines remain alive, simply because it’s not known how, or even if, they died.

​No matter how much one tries to accept this kind of loss, a place in the heart simply needs to know what happened to someone that important in our lives. It is an essence of who we are as human beings. In a tragic way, all the missing soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines remain alive, simply because it’s not known how, or even if, they died.This leaves generations of family members, who when asked what happened to such an important person in their life, can only answer, “We don’t know”. More than 8000 families from the Korean and Cold Wars live this life. They are still searching for answers. And they face a clock that keeps ticking. Too many have already passed without finding closure.

As a nation, we promised that their loved ones would never be left behind. They were. The same promise is made to the families of today’s soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines. If this promise is to hold credibility for present day servicemen and women, it must be honored to the finish for those who have gone before. There is much to do. Much that can still be done.
Thank you for joining with us.

Rick Downes, President
(Lt. Hal Downes, father, MIA North Korea 1/13/1952)

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com

http://www.coalitionoffamilies.org

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day ceremony

Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day ceremony
Date: April 9, 2016
Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: 
New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Dept of NH, the NH Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, and the NH VFW Ladies-Auxiliary cordially invite you and your family and friends to the annual Former Prisons of War Recognition Day ceremony.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Number of Americans Still Missing and Unaccounted-for by State as of March 22, 2016

Number of Americans Still Missing and Unaccounted-for by State
as of March 22, 2016

Alabama 31 Nevada 6
Alaska 2 New Hampshire 6
Arizona 15 New Jersey 42
Arkansas 15 New Mexico 12
California 166 New York 106
Colorado 24 North Carolina 39
Connecticut 25 North Dakota 8
Delaware 4 Ohio 75
District of Columbia 8 Oklahoma 32
Florida 57 Oregon 35
Georgia 29 Pennsylvania 90
Hawaii 7 Rhode Island 7
Idaho 8 South Carolina 27
Illinois 66 South Dakota 7
Indiana 51 Tennessee 27
Iowa 25 Texas 104
Kansas 25 Utah 14
Kentucky 14 Vermont 5
Louisiana 24 Virginia 45
Maine 11 Washington 38
Maryland 23 West Virginia 17
Massachusetts 39 Wisconsin 26
Michigan 49 Wyoming 5
Minnesota 33 Canada 2
Mississippi 12 Panama 1
Missouri 36 Philippines 4
Montana 17 Puerto Rico 1
Nebraska 17 Civilians* 7
TOTAL MISSING AND UNACCOUNTED FOR
1,621
*These 7 civilians do not have a listed home of record
For a listing of the Missing and Unaccounted-for by name, please visit the DPAA website: http://www.dpaa.mil/

Message from Bob Jones, Director of the Northeast POW/MIA Network

POW/MIA Vigil..Freedom Ride..'Together Always'

Thursday June 16th, Freedom Ride line up at Lowe's Gilford by 5:00 pm, bikes leaving for Meredith for 7 pm.

23rd Anniversary of the Freedom Ride. 28th Anniversary of the Vigil . As has been stated for the many years. Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability are still important.

Over the years people from the area, state and country have gathered in support of those POW's who have returned, their family, as well as those who did not and those MIA's and the abundance of evidence that shows were left behind. The theme, "When one American life is not worth the effort, we as Americans have lost" is still a fact and today with American soldiers, men and women, serving in harm's way, is even more important. We as American must stay vigilant on their behalf in support of their families.

Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability…Facts outweigh Opinions..The Vigil Continues.

Bob Jones
Meredith