POW wives were honored at the Nixon Presidential Library on this Memorial Day, as more than 400 gathered to hear their stories: how they banded together in the 1960s to create an action-oriented organization that forced change at the highest levels of our government, to bring their husbands home from North Vietnam.

On Memorial Day, we not only pay tribute to the men who suffered and emerged with their dignity intact, but we remember and pay tribute to their spouses and families, who endured years of questions, uncertainties, and strife before homecoming in 1973. We also vow to never forget those who have not come home.