National POW/MIA Day

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

Today, 18 September 2020, is National POW/MIA Day. It is on this day that we salute the more than 500,000 Americans who endured the horrors of being held as a Prisoner of War as well as the more than 80,000 patriots who remain missing in action.

Massachusetts has 1 (one) Memorial honoring the Vietnam POW/MIA soldiers. The Memorial is located at the Essex County Sheriff's Office in Middleton, MA. Each year I attend the public ceremony on this day. BUT, this year the public event was canceled due to the Covid-19 mandates Governor Baker issued for the safety of the citizens of Massachusetts. 

Sheriff Coppinger decided to film a virtual ceremony to ensure these soldiers would be remembered. 

 

Although this ceremony is to honor MA Vietnam POW/MIA soldiers we will never forget 1 soldier across our history that was held as a prisoner of war or is still missing in action.

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2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

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Topsfield, MA 01983
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Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Doug - thank you for sharing this information and for your participation in the event over the years. 

Sep 18, 2020 06:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Doug- I am sorry to say that I was not aware that today is National POW/MIA Day. For those who endured and for those who are still MIA, we must never forget them. 

Sep 18, 2020 06:31 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Doug Dawes thank you for the reminder on the National POW/MIA Day. It is important to remember POW/MIA heroes.

Sep 18, 2020 08:02 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Doug.

I watched the video, very inspiring, thanks for sharing

Sep 19, 2020 01:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I did not know there was a day to remember POW/MIA heroes, Doug. Thanks for brining it to our attention. Loved the video. 

Sep 19, 2020 05:00 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Doug Dawes - I am glad that they found a way to remember those unaccounted for soldiers.

Sep 19, 2020 06:14 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Michael Jacobs It's the only Memorial in Massachusetts for POW/MIA. The Sheriff's Office did a great job on the video

Sep 19, 2020 10:40 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

POW/MIA Day is the 3rd Friday in September. Not many outside of veteran circles really know Kathy Streib They did a great job on the video.

Sep 19, 2020 10:42 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning John Pusa I agree with you on this. Our Veterans District was scrambling to do something then the Sherrif announced he had a virtual presentation

Sep 19, 2020 10:45 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi James Dray Yes, the video was well done. I'm glad you enjoyed it

Sep 19, 2020 10:45 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I've had the link for the video for a couple of weeks and believe it or not I almost overlooked posting on AR Nina Hollander. Glad you enjoyed the video

Sep 19, 2020 10:47 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Grant Schneider, It's amazing what a fight it can be at times during this COVID attack to be able to honor those military members on these special days.

Sep 19, 2020 10:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - No thanks to the Media not willing to report this special day, I missed honoring POW/MIA DAY. Veterans hold a special place in my heart. I can't imagine would it would be like for anyone to be a POW or MIA. Getting them home should be every single President's duty that takes precedence over everything else.  

Sep 20, 2020 04:51 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I've met a couple of veterans that have returned to Vietnam with teams searching for the MIA's Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP When there are high probabilities of finding an MIA then the US government and Vietnamese government negotiate a fee!! I just hate it when veterans, dead or alive, are exploited

Sep 22, 2020 12:48 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - It sickens my heart too. I wasn't a soldier, but vicariously I lived through the stress of the unknown, the body bag counts, and everyone who served was constantly on my mind. I was 16 when I became a penpal to guy in the Army. We communicated by airmail and an occasional phone (echo) call and a few times when he was on leave from the time he left Korea to GA, Germany, and Vietnam. On the day he was released 9/10/70 he promised he was going to go straight to my house. I waited for months not knowing if he made it back home or not. In my mind, he was MIA but months later, he showed up on my door and shortly after that we got married. For better or worse we married until death did he part. 

Interesting! I wasn't aware about the agreement between the US government and Vietnamese government. Exploitation is a terrible sin. I pray that if there still are some POW's or MIA's they can come home, dead or alive. To those too young to know or care to know about the War in Vietnam they will never understand. Unfortunately, today's reality only exists on Reality TV or fake news. 

Sep 22, 2020 01:38 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

My Pam also was a penpal to solider in Vietnam, not me...lol, but when he returned home he took her to dinner and thanked her for writing.

Oct 06, 2020 12:52 PM