Ceremony to honor prisoners of war, missing service members

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Ceremony to honor prisoners of war, missing service members

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Craig Chandler | University Communication

A ceremony honoring prisoners of war and service members missing in action will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 on the Nebraska Union green space.

Hosted by the university’s Air Force ROTC program, the ceremony will feature local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion chapters. Members of the chapters will conduct a 21-gun salute and post the colors to memorialize those lost or missing in combat.

Joe Brownell, retired Air Force Colonel and director of Nebraska’s Military and Veteran Success Center Director, will serve as the event’s guest speaker. The ceremony is open to the public.

“We invite all faculty, students, veterans and their families, as well as all who support our nation’s service members, to attend Thursday’s event,” said Lieutenant Colonel CJ Zaworski, professor of aerospace studies. “It provides us an opportunity to unite as one and recognize those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending the freedoms we enjoy today.”

A 24-hour vigil leading up to the ceremony will begin Sept. 25 at noon. The vigil will also be held on the Union green space.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the second-floor gymnasium of the Pershing Military and Naval Science building.

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