Veterans group to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day
The POW/MIA flag is a symbol of U.S. military personnel taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.
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The Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard continues to try to raise awareness of the number of service members who never made it home from wars.
The organization will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day with a ceremony at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The public is invited.
The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition will be held at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. behind the Merritt Square Mall on Merritt Island.
“We’d like to have people come out and show their support,’ said Donna Rogers, secretary for the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually to honor missing service members and those who were prisoners of war.
“There are so many out there still missing,” Rogers said. “We need to bring them home.”
More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War, according to the Department of Defense. Civilians and military men and women are dedicated to the mission of bringing missing personnel home.
Roger said the organization wants to get more people aware and involved so that more can be done to get the missing in action brought home.
Speakers for the Sept. 15 event at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center include former County Commission candidate Karen Andreas, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Floyd Merkle, past president of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard and Bob Reed, the current president.