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Base officials plan POW/MIA observance

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials will hold a POW/MIA Recognition Day observance here  on Thursday, Sept. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. to remember the sacrifice and service of prisoners of war, members still missing in action and their families.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held the third Friday of September.

“The ceremony will ensure those held prisoner of war or missing in action will never be forgotten,” said Staff Sgt. Tyler Kliss, organizer of this year’s activities.

Following the observance at the base POW/MIA memorial on the corner of Barksdale and Grenier Streets, the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 161 will host other events throughout the day at the Hanscom track.

“After the observance, we will move the American and POW/MIA flags to the base track to begin a 12-hour vigil to move the flags around the track continuously,” said Kliss.

He added that, at the top of each hour, the names of prisoners of war or those believed still missing in action will be read aloud.

At 2 p.m., base agencies and professional and private organizations will host activities and information booths for members of Team Hanscom and their families.

“To allow as many people as possible to participate, the base track has been declared an alternate duty location during these events,” said Kliss.

Attendees will participate in a processional back to the POW/MIA Memorial site for a closing ceremony.

For further information about this event, contact Kliss at 781-225-5625.