On this day in 1973, Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) was freed during Operation Homecoming from “Alcatraz”, a facility in North Vietnam near the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” He spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war, having been tortured and placed in solitary confinement for 42 months.
“Freedom isn’t free,” says Johnson. “It has a cost, and that cost is paid first by our veterans and their families.”
Our veterans have met every mission we’ve asked of them. Today’s anniversary is a celebration of freedom, brotherhood, and courage, and of one of the many men that accepted the call of duty to protect our country against enemies foreign and domestic.
As a grateful country, let us accept the challenge to share our veterans’ stories. Lest we forgot all they’ve done on our behalf.