Regional
6:58 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

NMSU Holds Candlelight Vigil For POWs

Las Cruces, NM – THE ARNOLD AIR SOCIETY WHICH IS AN HONORARY SOCIETY UNDER NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY'S AIR FORCE ROTC IS HOLDING THE EVENT.

THE VIGIL IS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY AND THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE'S BIRTHDAY ON SEPT. 18TH. NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY IS ON THE THIRD FRIDAY IN SEPTEMBER EVERY YEAR AND IS ONE OF SIX DAYS SPECIFIED BY LAW ON WHICH THE BLACK POW/MIA FLAG IS TO BE FLOWN OVER FEDERAL FACILITIES, CEMETERIES, POST OFFICES AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.

WORLD WAR II VETERAN HARRY CRANE, WHO WAS CAPTURED IN ANZIO, ITALY AND A POW HELD CAPTIVE FOR 14 MONTHS, WILL SHARE HIS STORY WITH THOSE IN ATTENDANCE.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, CADETS WILL LIGHT 2,085 LUMINARIAS TO HONOR THE MILITARY MEMBERS STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR.

THE NMSU CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE CEREMONY AND CAN ASSIST THE CADETS IN LIGHTING THE LUMINARIAS AT 7:30 IN THE EVENING ON FRIDAY AT THE NMSU HORSESHOE FIELD.