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POW/MIA Recognition Day Held at Soldiers Home

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Friday, the Holyoke Soldiers Home held a ceremony in honor of National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day.

More than 83,000 American service members are still unaccounted for since World War II.

There was an empty chair at the ceremony to symbolized those who are still missing.

“They’re remembered, you know, people will remember you,” says veteran Tony Kasake.

World War II veteran Eugene Fitzenry adds, “We’re quite fortunate that all of lived through that stage, that we weren’t missing in action or prisoners of war.”

Fitzenry was also presented with a portrait of himself by Amherst native and artist christ demarest.