Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday honored America’s former Prisoners of War at a ceremony on the executive lawn of the governor's mansion.
Nearly two dozen former POWs and their families attended the annual ceremony in Springfield, which pays tribute to U.S. service men and women imprisoned in all wars.
Quinn proclaimed Saturday to be American Ex-POW Recognition Day in Illinois.
His office said the proclamation honors the courage and sacrifices made by those held in captivity while defending the nation.
More than a half million Americans have been captured and held as prisoners of war since the American Revolution.