November 23, 2020

American Legion Post 148 commemorates POW/MIA Recognition Day

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(Franklin, GA) — In commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Heard County American Legion Post 148 in Franklin welcomed American Legion Riders from Mobile, AL Chapter 76 for a special POW/MIA Flag Ceremony on Thursday afternoon, September 19, 2019.

As the POW/MIA flag at Post 148 was raised the National Anthem was performed by Kristen Phillips and Alisha Philpot from the Heard County High School Music Department.

Durell Langley, Adjutant of Post 148 then welcomed over 20 riders and 50 guests that were in attendance.

As the POW/MIA flag was lowered ‘Taps’ was played by Mr. Jesse Workman.

“We would like to thank the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR; Heard County Sheriffs Dept and EMS Services; Franklin Police Deptartment and all of the riders and guests in attendance for supporting this event” said Adjutant Durell Langley following the event.

Pizza and snacks for the event were provided by Hometown Pizza.

In the U.S., National POW-MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday each September and honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

Established by an Act of Congress under Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act, part of the observance involves flying the POW-MIA flag.

More than 82,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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