Posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

24-Hour Vigil on Sept. 20-21 at Turkey Brook Park in Mt. Olive

The Morris County Board of Freeholders today issued a proclamation that recognizes Friday, Sept. 20 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Morris County.

Freeholder Cabana and other vets listen to American Legion commander speak during a presentation.

From left, Morris County American Legion Chaplain Adam Charman, Freeholder Director Doug Cabana, Amery Vasso, Commander the American Legion in Morris County, and John Viola of Post 59 in Morristown.

The proclamation emphasizes that our nation’s soldiers’ sacrifices are not forgotten, and that it is vital to keep alive the memory of and the sense of duty to our nation’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action and their families.

It gives special tribute to our service members who have been imprisoned while protecting the well-being of their country and those who remain missing.

Here in Morris County, the Second Annual POW/MIA Vigil will be held for 24 hours on Sept. 20-21 at the POW/MIA Remembrance Wall at All Veterans Memorial in Turkey Brook Park in Mount Olive to honor all of Morris County’s and New Jersey’s POW/MIAs.

Accepting the proclamation from the Freeholder Board was Amery Vasso, commander of the American Legion in Morris County, and several other veterans who joined him at this morning’s freeholder board meeting.

“We are proud to join with the county’s military veterans to call attention to our service members who were imprisoned as a result of their service or who did not return home and are still missing in action,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

The POW/MIA Vigil will begin on Sept. 20 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.

Group photo of American Legion leaders with Freeholders.

This year, organizers will unveil a Liberty Bell element, which will be part of the vigil. During 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 Memorial.

During a closing ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, the flame will be extinguished, signifying the end of the vigil.

For more information on the event, email [email protected]

Freeholders Proclaim Sept. 20 POW/MIA Recognition Day