SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - A ceremony was held Saturday to recognize the courage and sacrifices made by those held in captivity while defending our nation, according to Department of Veterans' Affairs spokesperson Sabrina Miller.
In conjunction with National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the American Ex-Prisoners of War Department of Illinois co-hosted the 2011 American Ex-Prisoners of War Recognition Day ceremony Saturday at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield.
Marion Zuckerman and Sybil Garver, wives of two Ill. Ex-POWs, led the yellow ribbon ceremony for 20 Ill. Ex-POWs and their families.
The annual ceremony pays tribute to U.S. servicemen and women who were imprisoned in all wars. The ceremony included prayers, speeches, a military salute, anthems, missing man ceremony and a yellow-ribbon ceremony around the "White Oak Tree."
More than a half-million Americans have been captured and interned as POWs since the American Revolution, said Miller.