TAWAS CITY – To acknowledge prisoners of war (POWs) and those missing in action (MIA), the Tawas Area Honor Guard will be conducting a ceremony this Friday, Sept. 17.

Coordinator Jane Dady, of  American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 211, advised that National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. This day honors and remembers those who are POWs and those who are still MIA. 

“Observances are held across the country, on military installations, ships at sea, state capitals, schools and veterans facilities,” Dady said.

For the local event, the Tawas Area Honor Guard will begin their annual ceremony at 11 a.m. It will take place in Tawas City Veteran’s Park, located at the corner of Mathews Street and US-23, across from Tawas City Hall.

“The Honor Guard staunchly stands behind those who serve and make sure they do everything they can to account for those who never returned. To understand the magnitude of the unaccounted service personnel, the ceremony will include a reading of the current number of POW/MIA’s from all wars,” Dady said.

“The Missing Man Table will be conducted, ‘TAPS’ will be sounded, a rifle salute and a final prayer will be offered,” she also noted. “We continue to live by the creed on the POW/MIA Flag, ‘You Are Not Forgotten.’”

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