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V.A. Hospital in Big Spring Honors POW's and MIA's

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - On Friday, the Veteran's Hospital in Big Spring took time to honor a special kind of service men and women those who've suffered as prisoners of war and those who are still missing.

"It's a horrendous thing to be a prisoner of war. My generation, we didn't surrender we were supposed to die," 73-year-old Robert Fletcher said.

73-year-old Robert Fletcher is a former POW from the Korean War. When he was just 17, he was captured and taken prisoner.

"The hardest thing is to surrender and give up your freedom," Fletcher said.

When Fletcher was detained he endured freezing weather, abuse and little to no food. He was held captive for over two years and was repatriated back to the United States.

"I have told people if I had to do it again, I would I have gone to Korea and seen what democracy has done for them," Fletcher said.

During Friday's ceremony, they also had a moment of silence to honor those who are still missing in action. Friday was a day just to thank them for their sacrifices and remarkable determination.

National POW and MIA Recognition Day has been a tradition since 1979. According to the VA Hospital, till this day the United States is working closely with Vietnam, Korea, Russia and other Nations to find and identify remains and determine the fates of all those that didn't return.

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