Until they all come home
Participants salute flags held by a color guard during Saturday's POW/MIA ceremony at the New Hampshire Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
It was POW/MIA Recognition Day at the cemetery, a day to remember those lost or captured during military conflict.
"Because of your sacrifice, our country is safer, and our freedom is stronger. We are all deeply grateful," said Gov. Maggie Hassan.
"We are keeping hope alive, the people of New Hampshire will never give up on you," Hassan said.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said more action must be taken to rescue and return POWs and MIAs, including those known to be held, like Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho, who has been a captive of the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2009.
Ivan Eaton of Seabrook spent three years in a North Korean prison. He said he was honored by the tributes, and encouraged by the passion expressed by many.
Tara Sue Myers of Wakefield came for support. Her grandfather and father were both soldiers. She has a brother serving in Afghanistan, another serving in Kuwait, and another brother just came home after serving in Iraq.
"It's hard, they keep going back, and I just have to hope they return," she said. "You always have that fear, you roll the dice so many times."
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