September 22, 2018 in Montgomery , AL
10:30 am-12:30 pm
You Are Not Forgotten—that’s the central phrase behind POW/MIA Recognition Day, a day to honor the sacrifices made by America’s prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families. The point of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that American remembers to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), 82,368 Americans are still considered missing, including 72,934 from World War II; 7,704 from the Korean War; 1,598 from Vietnam; 126 from the Cold War; and six from the Gulf Wars and other conflicts. This year's guest speaker will be Capt. Gary Michael Rose, a Vietnam War medic who repeatedly risked his life and exposed himself to enemy fire to ensure the safe return of dozens of fellow soldiers during a bloody four-day mission in Laos. Maj. Gen. James Livingston—awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic actions in 1968 during the Vietnam War—will provide the keynote address. He served on active duty in the Marine Corps over 33 years before retiring on September 1, 1995. General Livingston served as Commanding Officer, Company E. On May 2, 1968, the company launched a determined assault on the heavily fortified village of Dai Do, which had been seized by the enemy on the preceding evening isolating a Marine company from the remainder of the battalion. He maneuvered his men to assault positions across dangerous open rice paddy while under intense enemy fire.