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POW/MIA observance planned this week

Richard Caruso, Strategic Services Division contract specialist, takes a private moment to honor service members who were prisoners of war or listed as missing in action after the opening ceremonies during the POW/MIA Recognition Day event on Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, Sept. 19. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed yearly on the third Friday of September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Saslav)

Richard Caruso, Strategic Services Division contract specialist, takes a moment to honor service members who were prisoners of war or listed as missing in action after the opening ceremonies during the POW/MIA Recognition Day event on Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., in 2019. The local chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association will host a POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony on Sept. 16, 2021 at 4 p.m. on the corner of Barksdale and Grenier Streets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Saslav)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The local chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association will host a POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony here Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. on the corner of Barksdale and Grenier Streets.

The ceremony will be held to remember the sacrifice and service of prisoners of war, members still missing in action and their families. All those with base access are invited to attend.

“It is important we hold events like this to remember those who are considered POW/MIA so they will never be forgotten,” said Staff Sgt. Alfonso Ochoa, organizer for this year’s activities.

Coordinators have also planned an eight-hour vigil beginning at 8 a.m. During this event, personnel will keep the U.S. and POW/MIA flags moving around Castle Park throughout the day.

At the top of each hour, a narrator from each team will read the names of service members still believed to be  prisoners of war or missing in action.

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

For more information, or to participate in the eight-hour vigil, contact Ochoa at alfonso.ochoa@us.af.mil or Master Sgt. Samuel Burke at samuel.burke@us.af.mil.