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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 24, 2010

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 961-6682


SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HONOR GUARD PRESENTS COLORS FOR “NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY”

Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard present the Colors during National POW/MIA Recognition Day at Boston City Hall Plaza.


The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard took part in the City of Boston’s observance of “National POW/MIA (Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action) Recognition Day” held September 17th, 2010.

At Boston’s City Hall Plaza, the Sheriff’s Honor Guard presented the Colors for the ceremony along with the Massachusetts Army National Guard during the playing of the National Anthem by Colonial Brass, Band of Liberty from Hanscom Air Force Base.

First observed on July 18th, 1979 following the passage of Congressional resolutions, POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. By custom, POW/MIA Recognition Day is celebrated annually on the third Friday of September.

With a cadre of seven, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard members posted the Colors for a ceremony that featured veterans of U.S. armed forces, the Pledge of Allegiance, a reading of proclamations, and a roll call of Massachusetts residents who are currently Missing In Action.

According to statistics kept by the United States Department of Defense, more than 80,000 Americans remain unaccounted for as possible prisoners of war, those missing in action or bodies that have not yet been recovered from wars including the current conflict in Afghanistan through the past wars in Vietnam, Korea and the Second World War.


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