POW-MIA and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The community gathered at the Naval Air Station Meridian chapel to remember those who did not come home, and hear the stories of two men. The first is Lieutenant Leon LeFlore who was 30 yards from the point of impact of American Airlines Flight 77 at the Pentagon on September 11.

Lt. LeFlore, who now serves on-board NAS Meridian, shared his experiences that day. "It was an adrenaline rush that I can never explain. It was one of those things were it happened; you ran to the fight. You don't know why and you don't understand why you run to the fight. There was no rank; there was no structure; there were no privileged people that day. Again, we were all Americans trying to help one another out."

The second was retired sailor Rev. Rodney Duke who served 335 days as a prisoner of war during the Korean War.

Rev. Duke recounts those 11 months as, "It's like hell in mind because you don't have any freedom there. We had to ask permission to stand up, to leave the room, and the school kids there, when they are in the fifth grade, they are mandatory in the army. To all of my experience there, I again realized that in America, we do not do that."

Both men told the crowd that today is a day to be thankful for our country.