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Annual 24-hour POW/MIA run to be Thursday

The Company Grade Officer's Council is sponsoring MacDill's 11th Annual POW/MIA Vigilance Run coming up Thursday. The Vigilance Run is a continuous 24-hour run honoring and recognizing the sacrifices of America's prisoners of war, those missing in action, civilians, those returned and those still missing due to foreign conflict.

The CGOC is looking for runners and drivers for all times, day and night, so shift workers can participate as well. Each runner will run for 30 minute intervals but can sign up for multiple intervals throughout the event. A safety vehicle carrying water and first-aid supplies will escort runners during the event. Runners will pass the POW/MIA flag to the next runner, in relay fashion, signifying that we will never stop searching for our fallen comrades.

The opening ceremony will begin at the Davis Park Pavilion at 12:30 p.m. with the official run starting at 1 p.m. The run will end at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at Memorial Park when the last runner passes the POW/MIA flag to American Legion Post 138 Honor Guard, who will then present a new flag to Col. Margaret Woodward, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, during the closing ceremony.

The guest speaker for this year's event will be retired Navy Capt. Richard Stratton. Captain Stratton is an ex-POW from the Vietnam War. He spent over six years in captivity and returned to the U.S in 1973. He currently resides in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Please come out and show your support for this special event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact 1st Lt. Letitia Nielsen at extension 828-9614 or Letitia.Nielsen@macdill.af.mil.



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