WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dozens of people gathered in Warren Friday to observe P.O.W. – M.I.A. Recognition day.
It was a somber ceremony in remembrance of the more than 60 service members from Trumbull County who made the supreme sacrifice in Vietnam and during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“It is moving to see people walk up and place a rose upon our monument in represent, in caring about the ones that have passed on. We think of them quite often,” said Gary Gutelius, U.S. Army veteran.
This was the first time U.S. Navy veteran James Kane attended the service. He took care of hundreds of Marines, some of them seriously injured, during his time as a hospital corps man for the United States Navy during Vietnam.
“It was honorable for everybody that came. I felt it,” Kane said. “You think about it every day. It never goes away. You always have time to think of what people gave to protect our county.”
One by one the names were read and a rose was laid to honor the fallen.
“The saying is if we speak their names, they will survive forever,” Brothers said.