Dyess AFB takes part in POW/MIA Recognition Day
ABILENE, Texas —
Dyess Air Force Base airmen remembered prisoners of war and those missing in action on National POW/MIA Recognition Day by marching from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held on the third Friday of every September.
Before the walk, the event started at the Dyess Medal of Honor wall.
"We have a recent inductee that we've added to the wall, TSgt. John Chapman is the most recent Medal of Honor recipient and Air Force representative," said Airman Eli Brown.
Airman Christopher Raymond, Airman Eli Brown and 50 other airmen walked through Dyess Linear Air Park with the POW/MIA flag.
"All of our participants are marching down all the way to the flagpole. They'll hand off to the next group, and then they keep it moving down to the traffic circle to pass it off to the next group. Then we're going to keep the POW/MIA flag moving in formation until the National Anthem plays at 17:00 today," Brown said.
Some of the airmen marched for their military family and others marched for their own families.
"My great-grandfather was a prisoner of war in WWII and so with the family history being tied into it, it's just an honor," Brown said.
"My grandfather was in WWII in the European theater and he was one of the liberators that went through and tore down some of the concentration camps and had a big part in that, so to me, it’s important," said Airman Christopher Raymond.
Although the rain was coming down, that did not stop the Dyess airmen from ensuring that the sacrifices of prisoners of war and those missing in action are never forgotten.
"It's fitting for us to be out here remembering that tradition in this inclement weather and honoring their memory," Raymond said.