Posted Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Second Annual Event Begins at 4:30 p.m. at All Veterans Memorial

The Second Annual 24-hour POW/MIA Vigil is planned for Sept. 20-21 at All Veterans Memorial in Mount Olive. The vigil coincides with National POW/MIA Recognition Day and is sponsored by the Morris County American Legion in partnership with the All Veterans Alliance.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day posterThe event, now held annually at the All Veterans Memorial located in Turkey Brook Park in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, begins at 4:30 p.m. with an opening ceremony and lighting of the memorial fire. Lit only once a year, the memorial fire is contained within the globe element located at the POW/MIA/PTSD wall. The flame is maintained throughout the 24 hour vigil.

This year organizers will unveil a Liberty Bell element which will be part of the vigil. While conducting the vigil names of those MIA from New Jersey will be read and a  “dog-tag” with each MIA veterans’ information will be hung on the AVM.

During a closing ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the flame will be extinguished, signifying the end of the vigil.

The event is open to Veteran Service Organizations, and others who wish to support the vigil. Additional organizations planning to support the event include Mount Olive High School Air Force Junior ROTC, Operation Decisive Victory and Mission 22.

National POW/MIA day is always the 3rd Friday of September.

For more information, email [email protected].