Originally created 09/16/97

Special ceremonies will honor soldiers



Military and veterans organizations around Augusta are holding special ceremonies and memorials this week to honor former prisoners of war and soldiers still missing in action.

Friday is National POW/MIA Day, a holiday set aside to remember the 142,256 Americans captured during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Approximately 90,000 Americans from those wars are still listed as missing in action.

At 6 p.m. today, members of Jack C. Fortune American Legion Post No. 205 will release balloons in memory of soldiers missing in action. The group will also say special prayers for those soldiers and honor local prisoners of war. The post is at 2102 Highland Ave.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center holds its POW/MIA recognition ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at the uptown division on Wrightsboro Road.

James E. Sehorn of Bonaire, Ga., a retired brigadier general, is keynote speaker for the event. Mr. Sehorn was shot down in December 1967 over Southeast Asia while flying a combat mission during the Vietnam War. He was held captive for more than five years.

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps honor guard from Midland Valley High School will also participate in the event.

At 2 p.m. Friday, Fort Gordon will honor prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. The ceremony will be held at the POW/MIA memorial at the corner of Kilbourne Street and Chamberlain Avenue.