ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Members of veterans groups will gather on a Lake Ontario beach in western New York to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
The Monroe County Veterans of Foreign Wars is holding the commemorative ceremony starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the POW/MIA Memorial at Rochester's Ontario Beach. Other groups attending include the Vietnam Veterans of America and Patriot Guard riders, as well as members of local posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The first national Recognition Day was held in Washington, D.C., in 1979 to pay tribute to American prisoners of war and those still listed as missing in action from the nation's wars.
Friday's ceremonies include one being held in Hawaii, home to the Pentagon unit responsible for finding, recovering and identifying U.S. service members missing in action from past conflicts.