U.Va. ROTC Cadets Plan Events To Remember Armed Forces Personnel Held As Prisoners Of War And Missing In Action
Ceremony set for Sept. 20; Vigil begins on Sept. 19
September 14, 2005 --
The University of Virginia Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine ROTC will honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been prisoners of war or have been listed as missing in action in a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the McIntire Amphitheater.
National POW/MIA Day, which has existed since 2000, is held on the third Friday in September, and U.Va.’s ROTC units set their ceremony date within a week of the national POW/MIA recognition date.
The Richmond Air National Guard 192nd Fighter Wing will conduct a fly-over at the start of the 45-minute ceremony, followed by the keynote address by retired Army Maj. Raymond J. Jansco from Hampton Roads, who will speak on his experiences in the military with specific emphasis on leadership while a POW. He will introduce Warren Landis, who was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II.
The ROTC commemoration starts at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, with cadets from the three branches of service marching in pairs back and forth on the McIntire Amphitheater stage for a 24-hour vigil in front of the American flag until the end of the ceremony on Tuesday. About 120 cadets will participate in the vigil.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, roughly 250 ROTC cadets will march in formation onto the field behind the cadet joint service honor guard at the start of the ceremony and remain in formation while the flag bearer mounts the stage and posts the flag.
The annual commemoration, which started at U.Va. in 2000, will end with a bugler playing taps.
The public is invited.
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