American Legion's national commander highlights POW/MIA Day in Helena

CURT SYNNESS For the Independent Record

“Honoring the men and women who have been held captive, and pressing for a full accounting for those who remain missing, is a sacred mission of our organization,” said Jim Troiola, at the 43rd annual Prisoner of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day event at Memorial Park in Helena on Friday.

Troiola, who is the American Legion’s national commander, said during the rain-soaked ceremony that the “value of this program is to keep this issue at the top of all our agendas and reminding the media, our leaders and the public to never forget these heroic men and women.”

He told the story of the late Air Force Col. George “Bud” Day, who was twice captured by the enemy.

“A veteran of World War II and Korea, Col. Day broke his arm in three places and strained his knee while ejecting from his F-100 over Vietnam,” recounted the commander.

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The 43rd National POW-MIA Recognition Day was held Friday at Memorial Park. 

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