Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center hosts Recognition Day event

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Photo via Texas Panhandle War Memorial Facebook

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center is set to host an event for Recognition Day on Friday, Sep. 17. at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park located at 4111 South Georgia.

The center has invited the community to pause and remember service members and their families “who have sacrificed for our freedom.” They said the ceremony will consist of an invocation, posting of the colors, remarks about Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) service members, and presentation of a wreath to honor three former POWs who will be in attendance.

The Department of Defense has shared statistics to portray the number of service members and families affected by POW/MIA Recognition Day:

  • In World War II 130,201 US service members were prisoners of war; 14,072 died while being held prisoner. 73,515 service members are missing in action.
  • In the Korean War 7,140 US service members were prisoners of war; 2,701 died while being held prisoner. 7,841 service members are missing in action.
  • In the Vietnam War, 725 US service members were prisoners of war; 64 died while being held prisoner. 1,626 service members are missing in action.
  • In the Gulf War, Iraq War, and Afghanistan War (since 1991) 37 US service members were prisoners of war. Six service members are missing in action.
  • In the Cold War, 126 service members are missing in action.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was created in 1979 by an Act of Congress after 2,500 Vietnam-era families petitioned for it, according to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center. Since then, the day is remembered on the 3rd Friday in September each year, the center explained.

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