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To the Editor:

Remember our POWs and MIAs

As we approach Veteran’s Day 2013, let us not forget our POWs and MIAs. They and their families have suffered greatly through their experiences in Hell.

I had the privilege to visit the Andersonville National Cemetery and POW Museum a few weeks ago in Andersonville, Georgia. It was a very emotional time to be placed in the shoes of POWs and MIAs starting primarily with the Civil War Union Soldier experiences and tragedies at Camp Sumter through Modern Day Iraq POWs.

I request those who read this letter to remember and pray for all of our POWs, MIAs and their families both past and present as well as all veterans and their families. Also, get involved in local veterans support organizations such as the Sons and Daughters of the GAR, VFW, American Legion, Disabled Veterans and Blue Star Mothers, to mention a few.

For our children, pass on the legacy of the sacrifice that our POWs and MIAs made so that we can give thanks to them for the opportunities and peace we enjoy in our day as a result of their commitment and service. Take your children to visit our veterans at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky and visit the OVH Military Museum. Visit the Johnson’s Island Civil War Confederate Cemetery and Memorial located in Sandusky Bay. Participate in memorial services that will be held in our local communities and thank those veterans in attendance for their commitment and service to our nation.

Note that 150 years ago on Nov. 19, President Abraham Lincoln orated his Gettysburg Address to the nation and in late February 2014, it will be the 150th anniversary of the opening of Camp Sumter when the first Union POWs were brought to the camp, also known as the Andersonville Prison.

Mark Cmar

5235 State Route 113

Bellevue, Ohio

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