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POW/MIA Remembrance Day

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Around the nation, people are honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action.

At the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo, representatives from each county were there to collect certificates for Korean War veterans.

Special Attention was placed on the Koreans War-era servicemen this year listed as missing in action.

The Woodbury County Commission of Veterans Affairs Executive Director, Danielle Dempster, says she was honored to be there.

"It's a privilege and an honor to serve veterans every day as my profession," Dempster said.

Dempster said she was visiting the museum for the first time, and she was honored to pick up certificates for 10 Korean War-era servicemen, listed as MIA, while names were called one-by-one.

"They've provided our country with the ultimate sacrifice to save our freedom, and it's just really an honor to save all veterans and their families, and I'll be happy to take care of these certificates and get them to where they belong," Dempster said.

Danielle said that after the ceremony she'll travel back home and try to track down the families.

"I'll be starting from scratch when I get home, but I'll do my best," Dempster said..

With nearly 8,000 personnel missing from the Korean War, and 140 of them from Iowa, Danielle said it's important to celebrate their service and sacrifice.

"I think it's important for us to set the example that we need to honor veterans and recognize what they've done for us," Dempster said.

Danielle said she plans to track down the veterans' families, even if they don't live in Woodbury County.

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