Former Korean War prisoner of war Fred Searles and Debra Kay Anderson, the daughter of an Air Force pilot who is missing in action from the Vietnam War, will be the guest speakers for a Watch Fire Service at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, which is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, at the Rock Rec Center on 340 Carverton Rd, in Trucksville.
Searles was held as a prisoner of war by the North Koreans and will share his experiences while he was in captivity.
Anderson is the daughter of Air Force Pilot Col. Robert D. Anderson who is (MIA-KIA, Oct. 6, 1972) in Vietnam. She recently made a trip to Vietnam to honor her father and is on the process of making a documentary of the visit.
The watch fire will be held on the future site of the POW/MIA veterans memorial at 340 Carverton Road.
The fire will be lit at dusk and will continue to burn until dawn. The purpose of the fire will be to spiritually guide home and remember all the POW/MIA from America’s wars and conflicts. There will be representatives of various veterans’ organizations, music, prayer and other actives on the grounds.
This event is part a full weekend of activities, including a 5K trail run on Saturday, a 3 on 3 basketball competition at the Rock Center and a memorial service on Sunday
For more information, call 817-3375.