NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Around 20 veterans showed up in Nacogdoches Friday morning to show respect for their fellow service members who have never returned from war.
The ceremony was held as part of National POW/MIA Day. The day is set aside to honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces that never returned home from war.
"It's a very symbolic ceremony and a very touching ceremony because there is a lot of people still missing from South East Asia, Korea, and even World War II," said USMC veteran Mike Bishop.
"It is more than just a general memorial for me," said retired USAF Major General Mike Butchko. "It is a personal memorial. 6th of November 1966 and 1972 impacted my two best friends. One was killed in action. one was a POW for 7 years."
The ceremony was held to remember those lost from the Pineywoods including; Sgt. Custer Mooney of Nacogdoches, Sgt. Nathul Sewell of Angelina County, Cpl. Billy Smith of Nacogdoches, USMC S. John Clark of Lufkin, and USAF Second Lieutenant Murray Wortham of San Augustine. There is an estimated 83,000 service members from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam still missing.
The ceremony was highlighted by the missing man ceremony that was represented by all branches of military and a special chair for the civilians that were killed in war.
The event was sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans at Large in Nacogdoches. The group also honored law enforcement and the Patriot Guard.