Program will honor POWs, those missing in action

September 9, 2017

An upcoming ceremony will remember and honor America’s prisoners of war and those missing in action. The American Legion Auxiliary will host a POW/MIA remembrance program this Friday beginning at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Alcorn County Courthouse in commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Auxiliary President Carlean Parker said they want to honor those who have sacrificed for America and remind people of their service. The program will include speakers who have been POWs along with prayer, music, a flag ceremony and a ceremonial rifle firing. Parker said it’s important to never forget what America’s veterans have given for their country. “If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have anything,” she said. This is the first time the auxiliary has commemorated POW/MIA day and Parker said they felt it was important to recognize these special military members. “We want to make sure people don’t forget what they stood for,” she said. National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established by Congress in 1998 to be marked on the third Friday of each September. The Defense Department’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports a total of 82,478 remain unaccounted for from conflicts from World War II to the present.