Washington hosts ceremonies for prisoners of war, missing service members

September 14, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 2011

The state Capitol campus is hosting a ceremony to honor veterans held as prisoners of war or missing in action Friday.

The memorial service starts at 10 a.m. on the Capitol grounds in Olympia. The event is held to honor the commitment and sacrifices made by prisoners of war, service members missing in action, and family members.

In addition, the POW/MIA Living Memorial and Bracelet Repository at the Washington Memorial Cemetery in SeaTac, 16445 International Blvd., hosts a public ceremony at 3 p.m. Participants can place POW/MIA bracelets of people accounted for, broken bracelets, inside a repository.

The bracelets originated in 1969 as a way to attract attention to U.S. military prisoners and service members listed as missing in Vietnam.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September.

Washington passed legislation in 2002 requiring all state agencies, institutions of higher education, and every county and city to display the National League of Families POW/MIA flag alongside state and national flags on specified days.

Call Darrell Pilat at 430-7610 to learn more about either ceremony.

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