Department of Highways, District 6
Flags raised in remembrance of prisoners of war, missing in action
Flags to fly at rest areas and welcome centers throughout commonwealth
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2009) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today joined veterans from across the commonwealth 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 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.”
The POW/MIA flags will be flown at 24 rest areas and welcome centers across the commonwealth.
Rick Lunsford, KYTC District 6 employee and Sherry Lingar, Rest Area Attendant, raise the POW/MIA flag at the Florence Welcome Center.