Meridian Naval Air Station combined the events to thank those who responded to the tragedy, those who protect us now, and to remember people who never came home.
World War II veteran, Glenn Frazier, of Daphne, Ala., was the guest speaker. Frazier wrote a book, Hell's Guest, about his experiences in the Bataan Death March.
Frazier said it's important to remember sacrifices made. He was only 17 when he became a prisoner of war.
"And it is told by people like myself," said Frazier. "And of course, nearly all of them (Bataan survivors) are dead. I mean, I'm one of the only ones that's still alive. I'm not going to be here much longer and I want to get as much out here as I can before I'm gone."
A contingent of motorcyclists honored veterans and responders by attending the service as a group.
Ceremonies to honor America's POWs and MIAs have been held annually since 1979. This is the ninth anniversary of 9-11.
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