FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 17, 2017) -- The annual observance and luncheon to honor former prisoners of war and those missing in action is set for Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m., at the Lee Club.
The cost of the luncheon is $15 for a buffet-style menu that includes sliced roast beef, seasoned baked chicken, vegetarian lasagna, red skin mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, fresh garden salad, dinner rolls and apple cobbler.
Sgt. Maj. Darrick Brown, the newly assigned SGM of the Joint Mortuary Affairs Center here, will be the featured speaker. He will share stories from his past deployments and discuss the sacrifice POW/MIA warriors have made. He said it’s important to continue recognizing them every year until the number of those missing or held captive is at zero.
The observance also will feature an honor guard and music by the 392nd Army Band, as well as the missing man ceremony in which troops place commemorative items on a table dedicated to POWs and MIAs.
Event planners said the observance will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, as well, which is continuing until 2025 in accordance with a presidential proclamation. The previous commander-in-chief called for services to honor Vietnam Veterans and their families with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities throughout the commemoration period.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It was established by Congressional passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. It is one of six days of the year that the POW/MIA flag is officially flown on government buildings and monuments. The POW/MIA flag was first recognized by Public Law 101-355 in 1990.
The points of contact for luncheon reservations will be announced soon through post-wide email, social media @ArmyFortLee and the installation website. The ceremony is open to the public.