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Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

The 18th Wing holds a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. National POW/MIA Recognition Day honors service members who didn’t come home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald D. Schochenmaier, 18th Wing vice commander, speaks at a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. During his speech, Schochenmaier asked Kadena members to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of POW/MIA personnel.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

U.S. Air Force honor guard members stand at ease during a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. Every year in the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

A Prisoner of War and Missing in Action display sits empty during a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. The tradition of setting a symbolic table for POW/MIA comrades has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The manner in which this table is decorated is full of meaningful symbols to help us remember those who did not come home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

Curtis J. Kozlesky, Veterans of Foreign Wars commander, left, and Airman Jaylin Velazquez, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron member, right, read out the names of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action personnel during a National POW/MIA Recognition day run at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of almost 83,000 service members are still missing, dating back from World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

The Prisoner of War and Missing in Action flag waves prior to the start of a run at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. Through the efforts of past POW/MIA American family members, the official flag was created to bring awareness to loved ones who were held prisoner or declared missing during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

18th Wing Airmen participate in a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day run at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. The importance of the POW/MIA flag lies in its sustained visibility, a constant reminder of the sacrifices unreturned veterans have made. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

18th Wing Airmen participate in a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day run at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. Kadena members worked over 250 volunteer hours during the event to make it a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

An 18th Wing Airman participates in a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day run at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. No matter where they are held, these National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

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