SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8213 held its annual event to honor the 83,000 Americans still listed as missing and unaccounted for since WWII.

“Add to that number their surviving parents, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters and you have a huge population of fellow Americans who continue to grieve in silence every day,” said Supervisor Rick Morrissey.

Morrissey read the poem, “Absent Friends” by William Walker. There was a candle lighting ceremony assisted by Boy Scout Troop 376. The day is observed annually by veterans nationwide on the third Friday of September.

“We must not forget the sacrifices these Americans are still makng and the suffering they are still enduring for us and our way of life,” said Tim McArdle, post commander of VFW Post 8213. “They must remain alive in our minds and hearts until we know they have returned home to their loved ones. We must contonue to give moral support to their families who continue to suffer along with them.”