JWC honors POW/MIA Recognition Day
On Friday, the Jim Wells County community united to extend their respect by honoring National Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) Recognition Day.
Jim Wells County Safety Officer and Junior Vice Commander from the VFW 8621 Roel Soza, hosted the memorial by placing wreaths at the county veteran memorials with sentiments shared with a time of silence and prayer.
"The majority of families in our community have a family member that served or serves in the military, said Soza during the ceremony. "My grandfather was a POW in Germany during WWII and this memorial is close to my heart. Jimmy Carter signed this day into a Proclamation in 1979 to honor the men that fought in war and did not come home." "With the world as it is today, it is nice to see the community come together and unite this morning to honor these men."
The ceremony started at 8:30 a.m to honor the WWII Memorial, then to the Vietnam War Memorial and followed by the Memorial at the Alice VFW post 8621.
The third Friday of September was established by a signed proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Since that year each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.