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Malmstrom AFB honors National POW/MIA Day

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Great Fallls - On Friday, a moment of silence was held across the nation  to remember and honor military members who were captured during war  and those who never returned home to see their families. In honor of national POW/MIA Recognition Day, Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls held a ceremony of its own. 

"Since WWI, more than 140,000 Americans have been POWs and more than 17,000 killed while in captivity," said a speaker at Malmstrom's POW/MIA ceremony. 

"This ceremony is to recognize those POWs and MIAs out there and to make sure we never forget them," said Senior Master Sgt. Eric Butt. 

Ceremonies like the one at Malmstrom AFB are held on the third Friday in September every year as part of national POW/MIA recognition day and at Malmstrom, it's all about honoring military members..who came before them.

"It's one of those things, it's very near and dear to those who serve, because the fact is at any given time, we could be in that predicament where we have to give the ultimate sacrifice, our lives," said Butt. 

Friday's event also honored Lieutenant Loren Rice, a WWII POW, who was in a B17 bomber when it was shot down in Europe 73 years ago. 

"It brings back a lot of memories, said Rice.

Events like these are all about keeping those memories alive..for future generations to remember as well. 
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A moment of silence was held across the nation in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day here in the U.S. The event is observed each year on the third Friday in September, and a ceremony was also held Friday afternoon at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. 

The 45-minute event was open to the public, Airmen and their families. It included a wreath laying ceremony, folding of the flag and a moment of silence for al Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA). WWII POW, Lt. Loren Rice, was also recognized by Malmstrom. His B17 bomber was shot down over Europe 73 years ago. Rice  says Friday's occasion brings back a lot of memories. Airmen at Malmstrom say this annual event also centers around remembering those who served before them. 

"It's very near and dear to those that serve, because the fact is at any given time we could be in that predicament we have to give the ultimate sacrifice our lives or you know what, we're in another land and we are defending our constitution," said Senior Master Sgt. Eric Butt. 

Coming up at 9 and 10, hear from Lt. Rice and learn more about Friday's ceremony. 
 

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