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County Executive Neuman to Hold County’s First Flag-Raising Ceremony to Commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Publish Date: 09/17/2013

Annapolis, MD (September 16, 2013) – Anne Arundel County will hold its first flag-raising ceremony to commemorate National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, September 20 outside of the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street. The event will begin with a flag presentation by the Maryland National Guard color guards.


Current and former service members will join County Executive Neuman, including Kenneth L. McCall, Sr., Sergeant Major (U.S. Army – Retired), who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and Colonel Edward C. Rothstein, who was just named CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., along with elected officials.


“It is important that we recognize the sacrifices and services of those who were prisoners of war, those who are missing in action and the families who loved them so dearly,” said County Executive Neuman. “More than 83,000 Americans are still missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War and many families in our local communities are affected by this loss; this event is to let them know that we stand with them.”


The United States Congress passed a resolution in 1979 authorizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Since 1986, the recognition day has been held the third Friday of September. 


This event is open to the public. 

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