POW/MIA Awareness Run to be held in Monett on Sept. 18

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Missouri MIA/POW Awareness Run, sponsored by Rolling Thunder Missouri Chapter #3, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Monett's South Park. The ceremony honoring all Missouri MIA and POW military personnel will take place near the Navy jet at 2 p.m.

The motorcycle cavalcade will depart from the Mt. Vernon Veteran's Home at noon on Sunday and rendezvous at the Monett Park. The public is encouraged to display American flags from their vehicles and join the procession.

Rolling Thunder has 92 chartered chapters in the United States, with over 950,000 participants making the annual Ride to the Wall in Washington, D.C.

"There are still POWs and MIAs being held in foreign countries," said John Williams, Rolling Thunder Missouri Chapter #3 president. "There are still military personnel, men and women, unaccounted for from World War II, the Cold War, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam conflict, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

"We won't stop until they are all accounted for," Williams said.

The volunteer organization also supports Rolling Thunder Charities, a not-for-profit organization that support veterans and active military personnel and their families who are in need. The organizations provides financial support, food, clothing and essentials to veterans, homeless veterans, families in need and women's crisis centers.

"Rolling Thunder also sponsors search missions into southeast Asia for POWs and MIAs and the remains of those killed in action," Williams said. "We will not forget."

More information on Rolling Thunder Missouri Chapter #3 may be found a www.rollingthunder1.com.

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