On Friday, Sept. 16, prisoners of war and soldiers listed as missing in action will be remembered during a POW/MIA ceremony, which is hosted annually by Tom Wolfe Memorial VFW Post #4207 and its Ladies Auxiliary.
The public event will begin at 6 p.m. at Tom Wolfe's memorial site at the IOOF Cemetery in Monett.
Danetta Wakefield will lead the ceremony, which will include the singing of the National Anthem by the Purdy High School Choir. Post and Auxiliary officers will present the POW/MIA table, and the Post's Honor Guard will offer a 21-gun salute.
The ceremony will conclude with the release of black balloons in honor of the POW/MIAs, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines.
This year, 15 to 20 veterans from the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon have been invited to attend the ceremony as honored guests. They will be served dinner at the Post home before attending the ceremony. At the dinner, members of the Ladies Auxiliary will be presenting the veterans with a LAVFW commemorative coin as a way of thanking the veterans for their service.
Other veterans groups that have been invited to participate in the Sept. 16 ceremony include Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91 and Disabled American Veterans-Barry-Lawrence #64.
The public is invited to attend the POW/MIA ceremony. Due to limited seating, those planning to attend are asked to bring a lawn chair.