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POW, MIA Remembrance Ceremony Friday in Shattuck Arboretum

September 11, 2017

The University of Idaho will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day with an evening ceremony and candlelight vigil in the Shattuck Amphitheater from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

The university’s Air Force ROTC detachment is hosting the annual event, which is open to the community, with speakers from the Lewiston Veterans Home and local veterans associations. 

“We are honored that our ROTC units host this event each year, remembering our brothers and sisters in arms who were prisoners of war and those who remain missing in action, as well as their families,” said Barry Johnson, director of UI’s Military Student Services and Partnerships. 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day has been observed on the third Friday of September since 1986 by presidential proclamation. 

“From the Vietnam War alone, there are still more than 1,700 American personnel missing. As a nation, we continue the effort each day to recover their remains,” said Johnson, a retired Army colonel. 

Johnson said he hopes the Shattuck Amphitheater is filled Friday evening with veterans and military members, as well as UI students and community supporters from throughout the area. 

“This is not about a particular conflict, time or place,” Johnson said. “What’s important is the respect we show our POW and MIA families, with one clear message: You are not forgotten.” 

Media Contact:
Barry A. Johnson
Military Student Services & Partnerships
208-885-6229
barjohnson@uidaho.edu

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