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Prisoners of War, Those Still Missing In Action Honored and Remembered at Events in Our Area

BY SARAH STEPHENS

PHOTOS BY BOB EALUM

There are still 182 Alabama military personnel Missing in Action from various wars in our history.

Those missing, as well as Prisoners of War, were remembered in ceremonies held in our area last week, including the raising of the POW/MIA flag at the American Legion Post 133 and a larger event held at the State Capitol. In Millbrook, the American Legion Post 133 remembered those who served and/or still missing by raising a Prisoner of War/MIA flag on the flagpole, holding prayer and honoring their memory service.

Missing in Action military along with Prisoners of War were remembered and honored Saturday, Sept. 21, at a Recognition Day held at the State Capitol with many Autauga and Elmore residents attending to show respect.

The day began with an Honor Ride departing Cramton Bowl to the service. At the location Capitol Sounds Band provided inspiring music, including members of the Wetumpka High School Band.

Jim Jeffries, with the American Legion, was the Master of Ceremonies.

The Marine Corps League re-enacted the Iwo Jima Flag Raising, and Presentation of Colors was offered by the Sons of the American Revolution.

Major General Mark McDonald, Commanding General of the United States Army Security Assistance Command, Redstone Arsenal was the guest speaker.

The keynote speaker was Seymour “Sy” Lichtenfeld, a former WWII Prisoner of War.

A special presentation was made to POW families of Rear Admiral Jerimiah Denton and Colonel Ray Bean.

A presentation of roses was made to POW/MIA and Gold Star Families from the Girl Scouts of America.

Seymor Lichtenfeld laid a wreath in memory and honor of Prisoners of War and those missing in action.

Below is a collection of photos from Photographer Bob Ealum, including events at the American Legion 133 and the event held at the State Capitol.