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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

Former Prisoners of War Honored

April 7, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753  Cell:  (716) 512-9338
E-mail: Evangeline.Conley@va.gov 
 
                    

 Former Prisoners of War Recognized at VA

A ceremony to honor former Prisoners of War on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day will be held on Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m., Freedom Hall, Room 301 at VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, New York. 

On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we remember the courageous individuals taken prisoner while defending our country and honor them for their extraordinary sacrifices. The date April 9 is recognized annually and nationally as the date when American and Filipino forces surrendered in 1942 in the Pacific Theater. The date marks their abusive treatment as prisoners of war, including the notorious “Bataan Death March” following the fall of the Philippine Islands.  Robert Young, VA Social Worker and American Former Prisoners of War Program Coordinator, will provide his special ceremony commentary and historical context to the event.  

Since World War I, more than 142,000 Americans have been captured and interned as Prisoners of War (POWs).  Several former POWs will be in attendance.  The public and media is welcome to attend this event and pay tribute to the former Prisoners of War.