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POW/MIA Events To Be Held Sept. 12-16

Release Number: 110902

In remembrance of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, several events are planned here for the week of Sept. 12-16, 2011.

The week's events will include:

Sept. 13 - "Rolling Thunder" Remembrance Ride at Remembrance Park at 11 a.m.
This is a motorcycle ride with U.S. Air Force Airmen and civilians, Ministry of Defence civilians, and contract workers from RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath. The ride begins on base, visits several memorials on base and in the local community before ending on RAF Lakenheath.

Sept. 15 - 24-Hour Vigil at Remembrance Park at 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers take turns reading the names of Prisoners of War and those currently listed as Missing in Action at the base memorial. After reading for five minutes, they are relieved by another volunteer and proceed to stand watch over the memorial for another five minutes. This rotation continues for 24 hours until all of the names are read.

Sept. 16 - Retreat Ceremony at 100th Air Refueling Wing Headquarters at 4:30 p.m.
A formation of USAF Airmen from units across RAF Mildenhall participate in a traditional retreat ceremony where the base flag is lowered from the flag pole in a ceremonious manor. A flag security detail folds the flag and presents it to a member of the 100th ARW leadership as a way to show the flag is in safe hands. This event pays tribute to the American Flag, signifies the end of the duty day, and will serve as the official closing of this year's POW/MIA Remembrance Week.

Media interested in attending any event should contact the base public affairs office at 01638 54 2654 by noon Monday, Sept. 12.