National POW/MIA Recognition Day was celebrated Friday at Fort Polk in an effort to remember all the prisoners of war and those missing in action, so that they are never forgotten.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was celebrated Friday at Fort Polk in an effort to remember all the prisoners of war and those missing in action, so that they are never forgotten.
The ceremony culminated in a 50 person motorcycle ride to Pineville.
Veteran Marine Jeffery Stuhlman, the Louisiana State Representative for Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, spoke of the soldiers that have fought overseas for freedom, those that had fallen, the many taken hostage that remain on foreign soil, and those that remain unaccounted for to this day.
According to Stuhlman, as of today, there still more than 1,500 Americans unaccounted for in Southeast Asia conflict, more than 8,000 from the Korean conflict, and after World War II, 75,000 were missing.
"This day is to bring closure to those families that are still wondering what their loved ones have gone through," Stuhlman said. "Many families have suffered through decades of pain not knowing what their loved ones have gone through. We recognize their sacrifice. We owe a debt of gratitude to the families for their dedication in seeking the truth and the determination through many years of waiting."
The playing of "Some Gave All" by Billy Ray Cyrus, followed Stuhlman's remarks.
The Combat Veterans Association began in 2002 with their motto, Veterans for Vets. The association does multiple charity rides each year to give back to veterans and veteran services in need. They ride in funerals and escort soldiers when they are deploying to honor the current soldiers, veterans and the fallen.
Eight riders of the Combat Veterans Association, along with riders of the mentorship program on post and other veterans from the area, mounted their bikes and rode out ending the program.