Thursday, September 17, 2009

DENVER - The 80,000 American soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen who are still missing in action or are prisoners of war have never been forgotten, but for 24 hours in Denver they will be top of mind.

Volunteers with the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Lowry will be holding a vigil to remember those U.S. servicemen and women who have never come home.

Following an opening ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday, volunteers are expected to read the names of more than 10,000 people who are still listed as POW/MIA from the Cold War era to the present. Volunteers will continue for 24 hours, switching out every half-hour. More than 200 names will be read every half hour.

One of the volunteers, Master Sergeant Laramie Reece, said most of the remainder of the soldiers still unaccounted for disappeared during World War II.

The vigil is expected to end at 2 p.m. Friday with a formal flag folding ceremony.

The public is welcome to join the remembrance. It will be held at the Air Reserve Personnel Center at 6760 E. Irvington Place, in Denver.