Mitt Romney: Remembering National POW-MIA Recognition Day

Until they are home

The Pow-MIA flag features a white circle bearing a soldier’s silhouette, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters ‘POW’ and ‘MIA’, with a white five-pointed star in between, are placed above the circle. A black and white wreath displays the motto “You Are Not Forgotten”.

The POW-MIA flag is flown on the third Friday in September as well as Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.

Far too many forget today is the United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year, Americans take this time to remember our prisoners of war (POW) and recognize those who are still missing in action (MIA).

Mitt Romney today paid his respects to America’s prisoners of war and missing in action. Following is his statement on National POW/MIA Recognition Day:

“As we mark National POW/MIA Recognition Day, I am mindful that when America goes to war, we run the risk of losing our servicemen and women to enemy capture. I’m proud to call John McCain, who endured captivity in Vietnam, a friend. He exemplifies those Americans who deserve all honor and respect for enduring hardship and for making sacrifices that we cannot readily imagine. My heart goes out to the families of those who remain missing, often for decades. They deserve to be remembered. And the best way to show our remembrance is by never ceasing in our quest to find them.”

Read about Senator McCain’s horrific ordeal as a Vietnam POW here and here.

More than 83,000 Americans are still missing from past conflicts. National POW/MIA observances will be held across the country today on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, and veterans’ facilities.

Mitt Romney Central joins Governor Romney in remembering and honoring these heroes and their families.

In the days after the Republican National Convention, we’ve heard liberal politicians and Obama’s media doing their best to portray Mitt Romney as somehow unpatriotic or anti-military because he didn’t specifically mention the military in his convention speech. What they sneakily fail to mention is that Governor Romney took the time out of his convention preparations – the day before he was to deliver his acceptance speech for the GOP nomination – to fly to Indianapolis, Indiana to meet and speak to over 10,000 Legionnaires about the challenges facing veterans. He spoke at their 94th American Legion National Convention.

If you missed his excellent speech, here’s the video (delivered on August 29, 2012 / hat tip to our friend, Jenn, at NY for Mitt):

We are now just months away from an arbitrary, across-the-board budget reduction that would weaken the military with a trillion dollars in cuts, severely shrink our force structure, and impair our ability to meet and deter threats. President Obama’s own Secretary of Defense has warned that these reductions would be “devastating.” And he is right.

The Obama administration is set to cut defense spending by nearly a trillion dollars. My administration will not.

The problems with the VA are serious, and must be fixed. We are in danger of another generation of veterans losing their faith in the VA system. On my watch, that will not be allowed to happen.

The Obama administration has also requested $12 billion in TRICARE fee increases. I will not ask our wartime military to shoulder more sacrifices while the rest of government grows. I will not ask our service members – active or retired – to pay more for their health care to free up room for Obamacare.

I will modify the Post 9/11 GI Bill so that any veteran wishing to continue his or her education is eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of residency.

To make it easier for veterans to find employment in skilled trades, I will work with the states to create a common credentialing and licensing standard, and encourage credentialing organizations to recognize and grant credit for military training.

Governor Romney’s full remarks to the American Legion may be read here.

Aug 31, 2012 – The day after the Republican National Convention, Governor Mitt Romney changed his campaign plans to fly to Louisiana to meet with victims of Hurricane Isaac. He is pictured here in Lafitte, LA thanking soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard for their hard work during the recovery after Hurricane Isaac. Upon hearing Romney was going to the storm-stricken state, President Obama changed his plans to also make a trip to Louisiana. (PHOTO – U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie, Lousiana Natl Guard Public Affairs Office)

Over and over again, Romney has shown much he cares about our military, our allies, our veterans, our POWS and MIAs. So, when you hear liberals and the Obamamedia squawking otherwise, chalk it up to another day, another desperate lie.

Romney will be an outstanding Commander-in-Chief.

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5 Responses to Mitt Romney: Remembering National POW-MIA Recognition Day

  1. Cathy says:

    We’ve only begun to fight!!!
    Mitt has stirred the passions of a free and awakened people. Nothing the libs can say or do will deter freedom loving incensed Americans from their mission. We are riled up and we will not be defeated. No one will take our America and turn it into a socialistic/communistic state. We are angry at what’s happening and we will Not let it happen. The silent majority is starting to scream… WATCH OUT!

    Mitt Romney is the man for the mission!

  2. AfricanforRomney says:

    It is very crucial for Gov Romney/Ryan to talk about and ensure no benefit cuts for Vets, seniors, disables. They need to open any campaign speech addressing seniors, disables, Vets that their benefits will remian the same with much improvement.. These groups have already brain washed by Obama’s false propaganda. Many seniors cannot differentiate spending cuts with their monthly benefits. When you listen carefully Vets, seniors they are associating the word “cut” with Romney/Ryan and they think vote for R & R means eliminating their benefits.

  3. Ann says:

    Wonderful address to Veterans! I agree with above post. Mitt Romney now needs to fight for votes just like those Veterans fought for our country when they were on active duty. He has to come out “GUNS BLAZING” against the lies and exaggerations Obama’s outfit is blasting Americans with! We ALL need to hear Mitt Romney’s great plans, LOUD and CLEAR! WE ALL want to hear HOW he will cut taxes, HOW he will create jobs, HOW he will help women! Time for the heavy artillery! GO ROMNEY AND RYAN!

  4. Cathy says:

    Remember, Undecideds… behind the voting curtain…

    *No one will know who you vote for.

    *It’s just you and your conscience.

    *You can FINALLY vote for the candidate YOU know will do the best job.

    *No one will demonize you.

    *No one can call you a racist.

    *Your liberal friends will have no influence.

    *You will know you made the right choice for the country, and you still can keep your liberal friends.

    Life is good!

    R&R 2012

  5. Judith says:

    I love reading these responses. How can so many people be so hopelessly out of touch with the mood of the country. About the only drama on election night will be whether or not the President wins by more than a hundred electoral votes or not. Will this website come down on 11/7? I can’t wait to see the post mortem comments. What will they blame for the blowout loss? The main stream media? Really? Turn on an AM radio station in nearly any city in American and hate radio is about the only thing that’s on. Of course their audience is narrowing and will be largely non-existent 10 years from now when all of the angry white men are gone or disinterested.