RIPR News
3:06 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Rhode Island honors veterans

Providence, R.I. – The state honored Prisoners of War and soldiers Missing in Action as part of National POW/MIA Remembrance Day.

Veterans and their families met at the State House to share their experiences.

Jackie Walton's father, Sergeant First Class Lewis Clark Walton, went missing in action in 1971 during the Vietnam War. She says that while her family had trouble getting help from the federal government, Rhode Islanders never abandoned her.

"The support of our community, our faith, and our family, and our greater Special Forces family never wavered," Walton says. "I am proud to be a Rhode Islander."

She says there are six Rhode Islanders still missing in action from Vietnam. This is the first year the state government has officially recognized POW/MIA Day.