A 24-hour vigil at Reynoldsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 will honor the more than 70,000 United States military men and women who are listed as missing in action or prisoners of war.
The Sept. 20 vigil will start with a public ceremony at 7 p.m. at the POW/MIA memorial in front of the VFW, 1420 S. Waggoner Road. Veterans and volunteers will stand guard and march around the memorial all night long by candlelight, until 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21.
Post 9473 Service Officer Mike Moehl said the public ceremony will present full military honors, with city and military dignitaries participating.
"We want to honor not only those unaccounted for from all the wars, but veterans and people who know someone who is missing in action or a prisoner, so that we can show our constant awareness of these heroes," he said.
He said people are also invited to come and watch the guarding of the memorial, even during the night.
To volunteer to participate in the vigil, call the Post at 614-861-3891.
Zonna Moehl, senior vice commander of the Ladies Auxiliary, said the auxiliary provides dinner to the veterans before the event, at 6 p.m., then continues to provide snacks and beverages to volunteers participating in the vigil throughout the night.
She said food donations, such as a dish of pasta or plate of cookies, are needed by 4 or 5 p.m. on the day of the vigil and may be dropped off at the Post.