On Saturday night, Nov. 10, the Carlisle Vietnam Veterans held an all-night candle light vigil to honor and remember all POW-MIAs as missing from American wars and conflicts. It was our 35th straight year we've done this in rain, snow, wind and very cold conditions. Even though most of us are now in our 70s, we will continue to do this until we no longer can physically.
It was disappointing that The Sentinel chose not to cover this event, but I don't get as many as I used to. Like The Sentinel, many Americans (I guess) don't feel honoring our missing servicemen and women is important, but small veterans groups like us and the Mechanicsburg Vietnam Veterans do. I guess issues like illegal immigrants being denied crossing our borders are more important than American heroes that are unaccounted for.
If my remarks have offended anyone then maybe my point has hit home. I will end with this — Ed Rykoskey graduated from Carlisle High School and joined the Marines and wound up in Vietnam. He was wounded, a blood trail was found, but he was never found.
Several years ago his mother, Mary, while at a POW-MIA ceremony, hugged me and asked, "Bob, will I ever find out if Eddy is still alive? Will I ever see him again?"
I replied, "I don't know, but I sure hope so." She passed away months later never knowing.
Commander Carlisle Vietnam Vets Edward J. Rykoskey Post #1