It was a day of remembering Wednesday at Naval Air Station Meridian, remembering those who went to war and were taken prisoner or were or still are missing in action.
"Our POWs and MIAs, despite difficult circumstances displayed fortitude that allowed them to remain true to what they believed in," said NAS Commander, Capt. Jeff Dickman.
Also honored were those who died September 11, 2001, and those who have protected the country since. A prayer was lifted up in their honor during the ceremony.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Collins was one of more than 600 prisoners of war taken during Vietnam. He said, whether it's any of the wars of our past, or the terrorist attacks, it stems from the same problem.
"It's about hate. I hate to say it, but it is," said Collins. "POWs understand that. Our enemies always hate us."
That's something Collins said he hopes young men and women will understand.