September 18, 2013

Ceremony recognizing missing Americans includes Daltonian

— Jo Anne Shirley of Dalton, whose brother Bobby became missing in action in Vietnam, will speak at a ceremony on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol recognizing missing American servicemen.

Other speakers will be Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gen. Mickey Kicklighter, chairman of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the end of the Vietnam War.

Deal is proclaiming Friday as POW-MIA Recognition Day in the state “in honor of those Georgians who became prisoners of war and those who remain missing in action, encouraging our citizens to fly the POW-MIA flag as a tribute.”

According to the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, as of Sept. 12 of this year, 1,644 Americans were still listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War: Vietnam, 1,276; Laos, 308; Cambodia, 53; and People’s Republic of China territorial waters, 7.