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POW/MIA luncheon honors those captured, left behind

McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – McChord will honor prisoners of war and service members missing in action at a POW/MIA Recognition Day luncheon 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Heritage Room at the Consolidated Club here.

A ceremony dressing the missing persons’ table and presentation of the POW/MIA flag will honor servicemembers from the past. About 60 former POWs will be recognized with medallions this year at the luncheon and the guest speaker will be Dave Carey, a motivational speaker, trainer, and consultant, who spent five and a half years as a POW in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.”

“The POW/MIA Recognition Day luncheon is to remember those service members who were prisoners of war or are still listed as missing in action,” said Senior Master Sgt. Fay Noil, 62nd Maintenance Squadron First Sergeant and a spokesperson for the Air Force Sergeant’s Association committee hosting the event. “We are honoring those who have come before us and the sacrifices they and their families have made for their country.”

According to the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office Web site, more than 88,000 Americans are still classified as missing in action from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and DESERT STORM.

“This day is not only to pay tribute to American prisoners of war and missing in action and their families, but also to reflect on our military heritage and traditions,” said Col. Glenn Rousseau, 62nd Operations Group commander.

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