POWs, MIAs Recognized Locally at Memorial Park
POTTSTOWN PA – Eighty-nine Pennsylvania armed services’ veterans who are considered prisoners of war or missing in action from the Vietnam War were honored Sunday (Sept. 18, 2022) by their colleagues, families, and friends during the annual National POW and MIA Recognition Day event held at Veterans Island in Memorial Park.
Visitor participation was welcomed in the ceremony. Those who attended were encouraged to pick up a “dog tag” naming each of the missing and, as their names were read in alphabetical order, the audience replied “still missing” in unison. Guests holding each tag then stepped up to a post with a hanger and bell, placed the tag on the hanger, and rang the bell once. Those who were veterans then saluted; non-veterans bowed their heads.
Much of the moving, poignant ceremony was held in silence as bright sun washed over the grounds of Veterans Island. After all names were read, a firing squad fired three volleys and a bugler played “Taps.”
The ceremony was preceded by a an honor guard motorcycle ride that mustered at a Ridge Pike, Limerick, location.
Reported and photographed by Billy Worrell for The Post