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Flags raised in remembrance of prisoners of war, missing in action

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By Lisa King

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  joined veterans from across the commonwealth Wednesday to help preserve the memory of American men and women lost during foreign combat.

Flags to honor the nation's prisoners of war and missing in action were raised at 24 rest areas and welcome centers throughout the state.

"We are proud to fly these flags as solemn reminders of the great sacrifice so many have made to defend the United States of America," said Transportation Secretary Joe Prather. "Let us never forget the price so many have paid in service to all of us."

"Prisoners of war are casualties that can all too often be easy to forget," said Stephen Stewart, commander of American Legion Hardin Post 113.  "The image of crosses lined in neat rows at Arlington and other national cemeteries reminds us of the high cost of freedom.  In any gathering of veterans, the scars of war wounds and missing limbs remind us of the sacrifices of those who have fought for freedom."