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September 25, 2012

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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 presented the Colors at Boston’s City Hall Plaza and the Massachusetts State House in two separate events held on Friday, September 21st.

At City Hall, the Sheriff’s Honor Guard assisted with the City of Boston’s observance of “National POW/MIA (Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action) Recognition Day,” joining participants from the different branches of the United States Armed Forces to present the Colors.

Helping to kick off the event, the Honor Guard took part in a procession that ended at the center of the plaza where the singing of the United States National Anthem commenced before the speaking portion of the program. Several members of Boston’s City Council were in attendance along with the City’s Commissioner of Veteran’s Services.

Originally 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 tradition, POW/MIA Recognition Day is celebrated annually on the third Friday of September.

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.

The Sheriff’s Honor Guard also participated in the 26th Annual Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Service, presenting the Colors during a ceremony held at the State House’s Ashburton Park.

The service was part of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation (MLEMF), a charitable, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1995 for the express purpose of building and maintaining a permanent memorial to the memory of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts. The Board of Directors and the Memorial Committee are comprised of surviving family members of law enforcement officers and leaders from the law enforcement, business and governmental communities of Massachusetts.


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