Soldiers and civilians gathered Friday afternoon to commemorate POW/MIA Recognition Day in a brief ceremony at the old National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning.
As the POW/MIA flag fluttered in a light breeze, guest speaker Doug Greenway, a retired Command Sergeant Major, spoke of the importance of the remembrance, told those gathered the numbers of POW/MIA from the country's wars, and talked about the importance of never leaving a fallen soldiers behind.
Following his remarks, he joined Colonel Thomas Macdonald in placing a wreath at the foot of the POW/MIA monument.
The honor guard provided a twenty one gun salute and the Infantry Center Band closed the ceremony with the playing of Taps.
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National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed each year on the third Friday of September.
The ceremony at Fort Benning is one of many across the nation.
Today's event is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.