FORT LEE, Va. – The installation’s annual POW/MIA Recognition Day observance and luncheon is set for Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m., in the Lee Club main ballroom.
The special program will feature an honor guard and a missing man ceremony in which troops place commemorative items on a table dedicated to POWs and MIAs.
Command Sgt. Maj. Terry D. Burton, Ordnance Corps CSM, is the guest speaker. A native of Roanoke, Burton became the 13th Regimental CSM during a change of responsibility ceremony in March 2017.
He is a 30-year Army veteran who served as a drill sergeant, a senior maintenance supervisor, a company first sergeant, and a battle staff facilitator for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy during the first two decades of his illustrious career. He also has held a variety of CSM positions to include the top enlisted spot for the 404th Army Field Support Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas. He has deployed five times in support of U.S. Central Command operations in Southwest Asia.
The observance is part of the series of activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Former President Barack Obama enacted the multi-year commemorative event that will continue through 2025. Previous commanders-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 luncheon will include a buffet-style meal at a cost not finalized as of press time. Tickets can be purchased through any agency sergeant major or by calling 804-734-7299 or 734-1584.