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POW/MIA ceremony held on Buckley

Team Buckley members listen to Col. Mitch Stratton, 460th Space Wing vice commander, during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Team Buckley members listen to Col. Mitch Stratton, 460th Space Wing vice commander, during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Mile High Honor Guard members prepare to raise the POW/MIA flag during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally observed around the world on military installations and ships, and in state capitals, schools and veterans' facilities on the third Friday in September each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Mile High Honor Guard members prepare to raise the POW/MIA flag during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally observed around the world on military installations and ships, and in state capitals, schools and veterans' facilities on the third Friday in September each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Mile High Honor Guard members lower the American flag to half-staff during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Mile High Honor Guard members lower the American flag to half-staff during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Team Buckley members watch as the American flag, Air Force flag and POW/MIA flags are secured by the Mile High Honor Guard during the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The observance was held in honor of those who suffered as prisoners of war or are missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Team Buckley members watch as the American flag, Air Force flag and POW/MIA flags are secured by the Mile High Honor Guard during the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The observance was held in honor of those who suffered as prisoners of war or are missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Zach Coyner, 460th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of physical therapy, speaks to Team Buckley members during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The observance was held in honor of those who suffered as prisoners of war or are missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Zach Coyner, 460th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of physical therapy, speaks to Team Buckley members during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The observance was held in honor of those who suffered as prisoners of war or are missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Col. Mitch Stratton, 460th Space Wing vice commander, addresses Team Buckley members during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally observed around the world on military installations and ships, and in state capitals, schools and veterans' facilities on the third Friday in September each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

Col. Mitch Stratton, 460th Space Wing vice commander, addresses Team Buckley members during the POW/MIA reveille ceremony Sept. 19, 2014, at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally observed around the world on military installations and ships, and in state capitals, schools and veterans' facilities on the third Friday in September each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Buckley members formed up Sept. 19 at the 460th Space Wing headquarters building for a POW/MIA reveille ceremony in honor of those who suffered as prisoners of war or are missing in action.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed around the world on military installations, ships, in state capitals, schools and veterans' facilities on the third Friday in September each year.

According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War.

Tech. Sgt. Zach Coyner, 460th Medical Group NCO in charge of physical therapy, opened the event by paying tribute to the POW/MIA commitment.

"I'd like to begin by recognizing the heart of the POW/MIA community," Coyner said. "Any former prisoners of war and the families of Americans still missing in action, we honor your strength and your courage."

Col. Mitch Stratton, 460th Space Wing vice commander, asked those at the observance to rekindle their commitment to the nation's prisoners of war and the patriots who never returned.

"Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of our United States Air Force, and we honored the brave service of our brave men and women to our country -- those who came before us and those who serve today," Stratton said. "Today, we gather on a much more solemn occasion to remember and to recommit today's service members who have endured confinement and often unspeakable cruelty as prisoners of war and to the families of those who are remain missing in action: You are not forgotten."
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