Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
I thank editor Jill Nossa and the Record Pilot for their wonderful article in the May 24 edition concerning William Kevin Colwell, a born and raised Glen Cover and a Vietnam War POW/MIA whose remains had been located along with his fellow crew members.
Recognizing William and the families of so many POW/MIAs provide them with a great deal of comfort and support. Being sensitive to and more educated on the POW/MIA issue will help future generations of American soldiers who may find themselves in the hands of the enemy know they will never be forgotten. Many families across our nation live with the fact that their loved ones are not among them, still serving their country, fate unknown far away.
On Nov. 11, 1989, alongside Mayor DeRiggi, Councilman Fitzpatrick, Bill Melillo and several other veterans, we raised the first POW/MIA flag to fly in the City of Glen Cove. A few weeks later, we were all saddened by a letter written to the Record Pilot questioning why this flag was raised.
On Jan. 10, 1990, I wrote a letter to the editor, published by the Record Pilot, where I defended that proud moment we all shared. In the letter, I spoke of airman Colwell and his family. Reading about his memorial Mass and that fact that his remains had finally been found got me to search for my old letter, written almost 22 years ago.
And so today, I resubmit that letter about Colwell and his fellow POW/MIA brave soldiers.