PEKIN, IL -- Pekin Community High School Army JROTC Honor Guard members, Cadet Alexis Falco-Creech, Lucas King, JaLynn Riley, Addison Ray, Tyler Revelle, Autumn Moch, Jacob Plante, and Braden Dawson continued to serve their community by performing the Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) table ceremony for the local community in Honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day and the City of East Peoria's hosting of the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial. Cadets from the PCHS Army JROTC Honor Guard performed these ceremonies on 18 and 24 September, 2020.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. In addition to the national-level ceremony, observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. No matter where they are held, these National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.
The Vietnam Wall Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.
For those of you who have seen the ceremony, know that it offers remembrance, hope, healing and comfort for the many families of American’s whose loved one never came home from conflicts in foreign lands. The Pekin Community High School Army JROTC Honor Guard is committed even during this global pandemic to the continued performance of this solemn ceremony in honor of all those men and women who have served their country faithfully over our proud American history.