POW/MIA recognition day honored at Nellis AFB

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie

Rancho High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students stand at parade rest during the POW/MIA ceremony in Freedom Park at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 20, 2019. Rancho High School’s JROTC program was established in 1968 making it the oldest JROTC program in Nevada.
 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie

Gene Ramos, former prisoner of war (POW) while assigned to 3rd Infantry Division in the Korean War, attends the POW/MIA ceremony in Freedom Park at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 20, 2019. In 1951, Ramos was attacked and captured by the Chinese in what was later called the Chinese Spring Offensive and was finally freed in 1953.
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie

Senior Airman Eliseo Sandoval, Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) honor guardsman, stands at attention at the POW/MIA ceremony in Freedom Park at Nellis AFB, Nev., Sept. 20, 2019. Former President Jimmy Carter established National POW/MIA Recognition Day commemorating every third Friday of September since 1979.
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie

Nellis Honor Guard presents the colors at the POW/MIA ceremony in Freedom Park at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 20, 2019. The mission of Nellis Honor Guard is to represent Nellis and the Air Force by rendering military honors to personnel and their family during funeral services, change of command and retirement ceremonies.
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie

A POW/MIA patch is worn on the sleeve of an attendee at the POW/MIA ceremony in Freedom Park at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 20, 2019. Currently, there are more than 82,000 service members missing from wars throughout U.S. history including World War ll, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and other conflicts.
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie

Gene Ramos, former prisoner of war while assigned to 3rd Infantry Division during the Korean War, listens to the guest speakers at the POW/MIA ceremony in Freedom Park at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 20, 2019. Military installations, memorials and museums fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing.
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie

A-10 Thunderbolt II’s assigned to Nellis Air Force Base perform a fly-over for the POW/MIA ceremony in Freedom Park at the base, Nev., Sept. 20, 2019. It is tradition for aircraft to perform a fly-over at the ceremony with one aircraft leaving the formation to symbolize a comrade missing in action.