Posted 12:18 PM 9/21/2012 : POW/MIA Recognition Day honors service and sacrifice
TUCSON - The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, in conjunction with D-M Air Force Base, hosted this year's POW/MIA Recognition Day this morning, honoring former POW/MIAs and family members who reside in Southern Arizona.
This year's keynote speaker was David Alegria, a Vietnam veteran and Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The program included a presentation of the colors by the DMAFB Color Guard, and a "Missing Man" formation flyover after the formal program ceremony.
The SAVAHCS explained the significance of POW/MIA Recognition Day in a news release:
"Many Americans across the United States pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families. All military installations fly the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation's remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.
"Veteran rallies take place in many states, such as Wisconsin, in the United States on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day and joint prayers are made for POWs and those missing in action. National POW/MIA Recognition Day posters are also displayed at college or university campuses and public buildings to promote the day. Remembrance ceremonies and other events to observe the day are also held in places such as the Pentagon, war memorials and museums."
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