In early September, Texarkana Area Chapter 278 held a 2-day POW/MIA vigil at the Korea-Vietnam Memorial in Texarkana, TX honoring all of America’s 85,900 unaccounted for military service members.
The vigil featured the release of 174 red, white and blue balloons, a Ride to Remember caravan, and a candlelight ceremony contrasting singing and moments of silence.
There are 174 POWs/MIAs from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
When Texarkana Area Chapter 278 began holding the vigils 30 years ago, there were 2,555 Vietnam service members unaccounted for; now, there are 1,604 POWs/MIAs.
The 23rd annual Ride to Remember featured approximately 70 cars, motorcycles, pickups and big rigs. Their journey started in Arkansas and ended in Texas.
There are 85,900 unaccounted for American military service members from World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Cold War and the wars in the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The candlelight ceremony honored and remembered the POWs/MIAs with a moment of silence.