Memorial Day services scheduled for Woodring Wall of Honor

The American, Oklahoma and POWMIA flags fly during a Memorial Day ceremony at Woodring Wall of Honor.

OKLAHOMA CITY — VA Medical Center, 921 NE 13th Street in Oklahoma City, will host a Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POWs/MIA) Recognition Day Candlelight Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The annual ceremony serves "to honor our Nation’s most revered heroes, those who served under the worst of conditions, sacrificing their freedom so that our country may know true liberty," according to a VA press release.

Featured speaker will be VA Chaplain Paul Everett. The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

POW/MIA Recognition Day honors veterans who were prisoners of war and veterans who are listed as missing in action. It traditionally is observed on the third Friday in September each year; some federal agencies observe the week of the third Friday in September as POW/MIA Recognition Week.

This observance 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.

Former POWs in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas are encouraged to contact Janita Blair, OKC VA’s POW coordinator, at (405) 456-5201.

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