POW vigil planned for Friday night
by James Phillips
Sep 20, 2012 | 1487 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An area group is asking residents on Friday to remember United States military personnel taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary-Post 4850 is hosting a POW/MIA vigil Friday on the steps of the Walker County Courthouse. The two-hour event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will include singing, prayer and a time of remembrance. A candlelight vigil will be held at dusk.

Betty Long, an organizer of the event, said the third Friday of September is designated as POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States.

“This is our first year to have this, but we would like to make it an annual event,” Long said. “We’ve had to rush to put it together this year, but we know it is something that our community will support.”

Paulette Murray, president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary-Post 4850, said the courthouse square will be decorated with black and white balloons, and she is asking businesses in downtown Jasper to also decorate with black and white balloons and banners.

She also urged anyone who has a POW/MIA flag to fly it on Friday.

“We want this to be an event that our community can rally around,” she said. “We want to show our support for the POW/MIAs from Walker County and from all over our country.”