D-Day Memorial POW/MIA Awareness Ceremony
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September 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Memorial will pay special tribute to those who are Missing In Action or who endured a Prisoner of War experience in this moving ceremony. Free admission from 10 a.m. – Noon.
Michael Dolski, PhD, Historian with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), will give the keynote address “Remembering the Sacrifice: POWs, MIAs, and the Quest to Account for the Missing.”
The agency’s mission is to achieve the fullest possible accounting for our missing military personnel for their families and their nation. The DPAA is based in Arlington, Virginia; with facilities at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii and Offut Air Force Base, Nebraska. The defense agency is manned jointly by more than 600 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians with specialized skills. Since the beginning of 2017, that DPAA reports its accounted for 108 missing American service members.
Richmond WWII veteran Russell Scott will be our honored guest. As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Scott was a tail gunner on a B-25 Mitchell bomber. When his plane was shot down over Italy, Scott kicked open the hatch and slid onto the tail. Feet dangling, he rolled off, pulling his parachute. Scott spent a year as a prisoner of war.