NAS Remembers POW's and 9/11 Victims

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

It was a day to remember, and there is a lot to remember.

On this September 11th, a recognition and memorial ceremony was held for the more than 3-thousand people who were killed in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and over rural Pennsylvania. We also remembered those first responders who died trying to help save others.

At Naval Air Station Meridian, people came to remember and honor those who were killed on September 11th, 2001, as well as the soldiers who have been killed protecting our country.

The organizer of the ceremony and the Command Chaplain for NAS Meridian, LCDR C. Allan Ford said, "It's a great ceremony. It's honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. For me, I'm a Baptist Preacher, the more numbers the better for me. I just love it, and they're great patriots coming out here to help us with this ceremony."

Today was also a day to remember and honor another special group. Those who became a Prisoner of War, and many who still are.

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Carlyle Smitty Harris came from Tupelo to speak of his experiences and remember with our community.

Colonel Harris said, "To feel a little Navy tradition and have a feeling of permanence and continuity, I think it's wonderful for the service."

Around the back, the each flag represents a person who is missing in action or currently in action overseas from the Mississippi National Guard.

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