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Today is the National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This annual event honors prisoners of war and our missing and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Will Host the Department of Defense’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will host the Department of Defense’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony today, at 10:15 a.m. EDT at the Pentagon River Terrace Parade Field.

The program will include remarks by Hagel and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. A musical review by the U.S. Army Band and a pass in review with service honor guard units from the National Capital Region will also take place during the ceremony. The ceremony will conclude with a flyover of the Pentagon with a joint service aerial review.

Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.

 

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