Fort Stewart Public Affairs
Photos by C. Diane Johnson
The Missing Man Table is set by veterans while Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Myers, Fort Stewart senior enlisted advisor, reads the description of each symbolic decoration Sept. 18 at the annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at Marne Garden.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Liberty Chapter 789 and the 3rd Infantry Division held the annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony Sept. 18 at Marne Garden.
National POW/MIA Recognition is held annually on the third day of September to remember and recognize the more than 81,000 service members missing in action or prisoners of war from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"There are many Families who close their eyes at night and rest assured, knowing where their loved ones are,” said Lt. Col. Adam Latham, commander, 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and the ceremony guest speaker. “But, a great number of Americans do not derive that same comfort. Many carry a void in their hearts each day, just waiting and wondering, but always not knowing their loved one's fate."
The ceremony featured a reading of Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag,” and the setting of the Missing Man Table. Fort Stewart Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Myers, senior enlisted advisor, read the meaning of each item on the table while the veterans decorated the table with the special symbols to help remember our brothers and sisters in arms.
Names of the 28 Georgia POW/MIA were read. A special tribute was made to Capt. Bryford Glenn Metoyer, missing in action in South Vietnam since January 1964. Metoyer's brother-in-law, retired Sgt. 1st Class Michael Terry and his niece L'Challa O'Bryant were recognized during the ceremony.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established by Congress in 1979. In 2019, the president signed into law the National POW/MIA Flag Act, which allows the well-known symbol to be displayed on specified federal properties. It is the only flag, other than the American flag, to fly over the White House.
"To remember and honor them, we appropriately use as a national symbol the black POW/MIA flag with the words, ‘You Are Not Forgotten,’” Latham said.