ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Altus Air Force Base, local law enforcement and emergency services in the City of Altus are joining efforts to conduct a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 21, at the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Altus.
In addition to the Remembrance Ceremony, service members will participate in a 24-hour remembrance run beginning Sept. 20, 2012, honoring past and present prisoners of war, those missing in action, and those who lost their lives protecting this nation. On Sept. 21, a small formation of roughly 15 service members are scheduled to run from the base track to the Jackson County Courthouse, approximately 3.5 miles, and will pass the POW/MIA flag to a larger formation of roughly 100 Airmen at the courthouse. The larger formation will run the flag back to the base track where the 24-hour run will conclude at 4:30 p.m.
Altus AFB and the City of Altus would like to welcome community members to be a part of the ceremony and remembrance run by running in a second formation from the courthouse to the base entrance. Both runners and walkers are welcome and are advised to wear comfortable athletic attire. Individuals attending the ceremony and/or run should be at the Jackson County Courthouse at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. Transportation back to the courthouse will be provided.
“We are honored to join ranks with the community to remember the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before us,” said Col. Anthony B. Krawietz, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander.
For more information, contact the 97th Air Mobility Wing public affairs office at 481-7700.