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POW/MIA Vigil Set for Flag Day

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The Naugatuck Veterans Council is sponsoring a POW/MIA vigil on the Town Green in Naugatuck Saturday June 14, Flag Day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the POW/MIA issue and the government's efforts to account for all prisoners of war and those missing in action from all wars.

Volunteers will pose as prisoners in a real-life reenactment of what POW's faced during wartime. They will pose in one-hour shifts in two bamboo cages, barefoot and shackled, dressed in black pajamas and blindfolded to resemble what POW's faced during the Vietnam War.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:10 a.m. A Flag Day ceremony is held at 4:10 a.m. At 5:10 p.m.. The sister of a soldier listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War will speak. 

According to the Defense Prisoners of War website, there are over eighty-three thousand unaccounted for during WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq and other conflicts.

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