Fort Bend remembers its POWs/MIAs
Fort Bend’s recent observance of POW/MIA Recognition Day joining many communities across the nation was all about Americans taking time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 3903 hosted District 16 event inRosenberg this past Sunday featured Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Like a Who’s Who of distinguished war veterans, some former POWs, both on the program and in attendance with family members present, it was all about a moment to take pause with the remembrance ceremony. Mayor Vincent Morales and State Representatives Phil Stevenson and Rick Miller, Districts 85 and 26, respectively were among the elected officials present, with Mayor Morales presenting proclamations on behalf of local cities.
VFW District 16 Chairman (POW) Romeo Pena was joined by Kathy Bryan as they MC’d the impressive pageantry program including flag presentations, bag pipe playing by Bob Smith, a color guard service hat placement, and the Lamar High School Choir’s performance during the program. It is what added a kind of ceremonial presence to those remembered and missing with a POW/MIA ritual narrated by Commander Tom Atkins and Sandy Cook. Held at the local area VFW on First Street, the event’s closing outdoors spectacularly symbolizes what the special remembrance is all about with the release of 25 beautiful, homing pigeons, a salute to POWs and MIAs. Close your eyes and imagine them set free by Mike Hatton as they did, flying high, soaring to the tune of a bugler’s rendition of Taps with the first line of those lyrics, “Day is Done.” Indeed it is.
The Fort Bend Star is among the many that salutes and acknowledges that our nation’s POWs and MIAs are not forgotten. Video of the event will be posted soon.
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