JPAC to host national POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony Sept. 19

(Via Ho’okele News)

The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command will host a commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

The ceremony is free and open to the public. Appropriate attire for the event is military class B or service equivalent, or civilian casual or aloha wear.

The keynote speaker, former Navy Captain (Ret.) James Hickerson, was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. A member of the first A-7 squadron to go into combat, Hickerson was the first A-7 pilot to be shot down on Dec. 22, 1967. After enduring five years of torture and deprivation, he was ultimately released as part of Operation Homecoming in 1973.

Other ceremony highlights will include wreath presentations by veterans’ groups and a reading of former missing in action service members whose remains were identified in the last year. Organizations are welcome to participate in the floral presentations by laying a wreath or flowers.

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