Vigil run to pay tribute to POW and MIAs

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Vigil run to pay tribute to POW and MIAs

by: Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham | .
36th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: September 12, 2012

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Team Andersen is scheduled to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action with a 24-hour vigil run and retreat ceremony here, Sept. 20 to 21.

"The run recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation," said Master Sgt. Calvin Mason, 36th Medical Group first sergeant and vigil run coordinator.

The event is scheduled to start at the Arc Light Memorial Park at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 and will conclude with a retreat ceremony Sept. 21.

During the vigil run, volunteers from each squadron, ranging from small teams to entire squadrons, will run in timed increments and pass a baton inscribed with 19 names of military members stationed here who have been a POW or MIA.

"The run is dedicated to honoring and remembering the men and women who have yet to return home," said Sergeant Mason. "It also educates Airmen on the importance of accountability in wartime actions and emphasizes that no one should be left behind or forgotten."

Attending the event, will be Francisco Carbullido, who was taken as a POW for three years and is the last remaining defender of Wake Island.

Mr.Carbullido is scheduled to be accompanied by his son Phillip, who also escorted him to the event last year.

"The run is an important way to for us to ensure that our country's missing heroes are never forgotten," said Sergeant Mason. "We are highly encouraging participation."

For more information or questions about unit scheduling times, contact Sergeant Mason at 366-6541.

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