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Statement By John McCain on National POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 19, 2008

ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement on National POW/MIA Recognition Day:

"Today, we mark National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and I salute my comrades who served their country in unusual circumstances, and remember those who never returned.

"During my time in Hanoi, I was witness to a thousand acts of kindness, courage, and love by some of the finest Americans I've ever had the privilege to know. They, like thousands of others before and since, served our nation proudly and with honor. They would all agree, though, that the real heroes are those who never came home, and whose final fates, in too many cases, are still unknown. We owe our missing comrades, whose ranks include service members from World War II to the current conflict, a debt we can never repay, and we owe their families the peace and closure that only the fullest possible accounting of the fates of their loved ones can provide."

John McCain, Statement By John McCain on National POW/MIA Recognition Day Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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