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Ft. Polk Remembers POW & MIA

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FT. POLK, La. -- Remembering those who are missing in action and prisoners of war. That's what one group spent their day doing.

It's all for National POW/MIA Recognition Day. News Channel Five's Brooke Buford spoke to those who know how to honor these people best.

Veteran Paul Mattes says he's always looking to show his support for his brothers and sisters in the military.

"The folks before us paved the way to keep our country free, to give us all the rights and freedoms we have today," he said. "I'm trying to continue that legacy with my service and I'll pay my respects to those who paved the way before me."

On Friday he joined about 50 veterans on motorcycles, riding in recognition of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It's a day to remember the many who served and were captured or those who never came home and are still missing.

"I'm just supporting the POW/MIA ride. It's an annual thing. It's always a good time," he said. "Love to support the vets. We'll take a trip out to Pineville and visit the VA hospital and see how those cats are doing out there."

The morning started with a prayer and service where the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association spoke about the importance of keeping these soldiers' memories alive.

"It also brings veterans together to help raise veteran recognition and funds to help other veteran organizations," said Jeff Stuhlman with the group. 

They say we must remember the service men and women who helped keep America free.

"It's all about the vets," said Mattes. "It's all about the folks all the way back to the Revolutionary War fighting for our independence from a regime and it just continue that to have the freedoms that we want for years to come."

"If we forget our history, our history will die," said Stuhlman. "And with history when it dies so does the society itself. So as long as we remember, it will keep us living also."

The motorcycle ride following the remembrance ceremony brought the vets all throughout Central Louisiana and to the VA Medical Center in Pineville.

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