National D-Day Memorial holds Friday ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day

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BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Every year, on the third Friday of September, Americans recognize those who became prisoners of war (POW) while serving our country and those who are still missing in action (MIA).

In order to “remember those missing in action, those identified, and honor those who endured a POW experience,” the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford says it will hold a wreath-laying ceremony on Friday, Sept. 17.

According to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, the ceremony will recognize the five most recent Virginians whose remains have been identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency:

The foundation says the USA Patriots — formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team — will take part in the ceremony, which will also feature special music by Rick Dellinger.

The ceremony starts at 1 p.m. on Friday, but the memorial will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No coolers or pets are allowed — except for service animals — and guests are asked to bring their own chairs.

According to a statement released by the White House for National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2021, more than 81,600 American service members are still missing in action from this country’s wars and conflicts.

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