LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- Friday night, the Rockford VietNow chapter held a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony to honor those who were held captive, and those that never did come back.
"You know it's like anything else. They're soldiers who fought over there who never got their due of coming home," said VietNow board member Michael Belinson. "They're missing. They may find some graves, and some remains periodically."
In 2009, President Obama sent 33,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan as a final surge in the region. Today, the last of those troops are on their way home, and won't be added to the more than 83,000 soldiers that have gone missing in action.
Members of VietNow say they try to welcome home and help new veterans transition back to normal life.
"I just tell them that they're welcome," said Belinson. "And every time I see someone who's just come back, or somebody who's been back and they're not in any veterans organization, I tell them to join our organization."
There is currently one American soldier being held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. The Rockford VietNow chapter used today's ceremony to also push for the passage of House Resolution 111, which establishes a committee to further investigate POW/MIA affairs