I would not be surprised if you have not heard of it. The news media probably doesn't think there are any stories about this day that are "current" or interesting, but I can think of at least three.
This is Bo Bergdahl. I'm not sure if you know that he is being held captive by the Taliban-supported Haqqani network in Afghanistan since June 2009.
Can you even imagine what the past three years have been like for his family? He deployed with his unit from Alaska. When we lived there, I had a job working in a Rec Center for soldiers who live in the barracks. Bo was a customer and I knew him. I pray for him and his family every day.
This is a photo of Scott Speicher. He was a US Navy pilot shot down over Iraq during the first Gulf War in January of 1991. His fate wasn't known until his remains were discovered in 2009. For quite some time, it was believed he was being held by Saddam, but luckily it appeared that he didn't survive the crash of his jet. (Luck = No torture) I prayed for his family often in those 18 years. Can you image how his family suffered for those 18 years? Eighteen??!!!
This is Charles Lane, Jr. He was shot down over North Vietnam on August 23, 1967.
For the past 45 years, he has been Missing in Action (though declared dead). JPAC (the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) has been investigating his fate. The crash site was discovered in a remote location in North Vietnam in the early 90s. He too, is believed to not have survived the crash. Twice they have gone to excavate the scene and search for remains. They have never located any.
I never met him. I was a month and two days old when he was shot down--he had already gone overseas before I was born.
He was my father.
Please take a few minutes today to think about some of these people--especially Bo Bergdahl--and say a prayer if you are so inclined.