MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Students, faculty, and staff at Meridian Community College gathered in front of Ivy Hall Friday morning.
“We’re just very happy to be able to host a ceremony honoring POW/MIAs here at Meridian Community College with a flag raising ceremony and be able to take a minute with our faculty, our staff, and our students and recognize the men and women who sacrificed- sometimes sacrificed all- so that we can stand here and have the freedoms we do and enjoy those freedoms,” says Dr. Tom Huebner, MCC president.
The POW/MIA flag was raised along with the American flag at the ceremony.
“The POWs, the MIAs in all of the wars, the families of those folks who don’t know the results, they don’t have any closure. So we can’t let them down by not remembering the sacrifices that not only the individuals made themselves, but the sacrifices that the families are still making today,” says Danny Ray Smith, the quartermaster for VFW Post 12124. ”It has got to be remembered.”
Many people showed up in support of this event.
“One of our staff members just does a fantastic job, Pam Baranello, just putting this together and making contact with various people in the community,” Huebner says. “So we’re really proud when we see a good group of people come here because students, faculty, staff, and people in the community, recognize the men and women who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.”
According to the American Legion, over 80,000 Americans are still missing from conflicts since World War II.