POW/MIA: Not Forgotten

A Client's Salute

One of our clients Santa Rosa Memorial Park hosts several events throughout the year to honor our military service personnel and their families. 

September 16, 2016 - 10 a.m.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Veterans Lawn, Santa Rosa Memorial Park
1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
All Welcome. Free

This annual event is very well-attended. It is sponsored by American Legion Sotoyome Post 111 and hosted By Santa Rosa Memorial Park. It will be held at the Veteran's Lawn of Santa Rosa Memorial Park. 
This national observation takes place each year on the third Friday in September and was  established by an Act of Congress, by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. 

It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action as well as their families. 

Defense Department's POW/MIA Office figures report that as of April 2009, there are 1,741 American personnel as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Since then about 841 U.S. personnel have also been unaccounted for.

The highlight of this year’s Santa Rosa event is the table ceremony. It is a solemn reminder of American military personnel and civilians who are missing. It also represents our concerns and hopes for them and their families.  Other features include Post 111 Honor Guard Presenting of Colors, a performance of ‘Bring Him Home’ (Les Miserables) by Performing Arts Academy, Invocation/Benediction, TAPS, and more. 

Special guests include several WWII Prisoners of War: Darrel Shumard and Jean Marie Heskett. Speakers include American Legion Sotoyome Commander Lance Ballenger, US Congressman Mike Thompson, California Senator Mike McGuire, and Sonoma County Supervisor Shirley Zane.

“We want our POW/MIA servicemen and women and their families to know they are not forgotten,” said Tim Maloney, Santa Rosa Memorial Park General Manager. Santa Rosa Memorial Park is home to the largest POW/MIA memorial monument north of Riverside, Ca. For more information, call 707-542-1580.

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