MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Freeholders announced that Friday September 20 will be recognized as POW/MIA Day in Morris County. The recognition emphasizes that "our nation’s soldiers’ sacrifices are not forgotten, and that it is vital to keep alive the memory of and the sense of duty to our nation’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action and their families", announced the Freeholders.
The 2nd Annual POW/MIA Vigil will begin on Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the All Veterans Memorial in Turkey Brook Park in Mount Olive. The vigil will honor all of Morris County's and New Jersey's POW/MIA.
The event begins with an opening ceremony and lighting of the memorial fire. Lit only once a year, the memorial fire is contained within the globe element located at the POW/MIA/PTSD wall. The flame is maintained throughout the 24-hour vigil.
“We are proud to join with the county’s military veterans to call attention to our service members who were imprisoned as a result of their service or who did not return home and are still missing in action,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
This year, organizers will unveil a Liberty Bell element, which will be part of the vigil. During the vigil, names of those MIA from New Jersey will be read, and a “dog-tag” with each MIA veterans’ information will be hung on the Memorial.
During a closing ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, the flame will be extinguished, signifying the end of the vigil.