Motorcycle rally begins at 9 a.m.
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – As part of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 20, the public is invited to a noon ceremony at the POW/MIA Sentinel Memorial Fountain on the Seaplane Base located near Building 13 on 260 W. Pioneer Way.
The service will honor all veterans whose remains have been brought home this past year and remember all those still labeled as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.
Guest speaker is Cmdr. Brian Danielson, a member of the National League of Families for POW/MIAs and former Individual Augmentee to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command who helped excavate the remains of a missing service member in Laos.
"I feel it would be extremely appropriate, on a day in which we take time to honor warriors and patriots, to think of those men and their families who have been denied the ability to return to their home soil," said Cmdr. Brian Danielson, whose father was listed as MIA for 38 years. "This ceremony is important not only for the repatriated veterans, but for all the fellow servicemen and women who have given of themselves any measure of sacrifice for their country."
Additionally, a Motorcycle Rally will depart at 9 a. m. from the Saratoga Gate parking lot for the special observance. An open invitation is extended for any and all people who desire to participate in the rally which will start at the NAS Saratoga Gate Park and Ride (1241 Clover Valley Road) and depart to the Clinton Ferry, then Coupeville ferry, before en route to the Ceremony site.
According to Danielson, 57 service members from World War II, Korea and Vietnam have been repatriated this past year through the efforts of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Defense POW/MIA Personnel Office (DPMO).