Osan holds POW/MIA recognition events

Airmen and Soldiers salute during a reveille ceremony Sept. 13, the first of several events this week leading up to National POW/MIA Day. Osan will honor the POW/MIA Day the entire week of Sept. 13-17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Airmen and Soldiers salute during a reveille ceremony Sept. 13, 2010 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, the first of several events this week leading up to National POW/MIA Day. Osan will honor the POW/MIA Day the entire week of Sept. 13-17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

A 51st Fighter Wing Security Forces Airman salutes Col. Patrick Malackowski,
51st FW commander, prior to a reveille ceremony, Sept. 13. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base will hold observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

A 51st Fighter Wing Security Forces Airman salutes Col. Patrick Malackowski, 51st FW commander, prior to a reveille ceremony, Sept. 13, 2010 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base will hold observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Osan American High School Students gather around a POW/MIA information table at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14. The base will honor the National POW/MIA Day the entire week of Sept. 13-17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. (U.S. Air
Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Osan American High School Students gather around a POW/MIA information table at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14. The base will honor the National POW/MIA Day the entire week of Sept. 13-17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Airman 1st Class Britney Nolley, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, lights a candle at the POW/MIA candlelight vigil at the Osan Air Base Chapel Sept. 13. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base will hold observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Airman 1st Class Britney Nolley, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, lights a candle at the POW/MIA candlelight vigil at the Osan Air Base Chapel Sept. 13. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base will hold observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

An honor guard member lights a candle at the POW/MIA remembrance table at
the Ginko Dining Facility Sept. 16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is
annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The
base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the
national observance. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

An honor guard member lights a candle at the POW/MIA remembrance table at the Ginko Dining Facility Sept. 16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Honor guard members set the POW/MIA remembrance table at the Ginko Dining
Facility Sept. 16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in
the United States on the third Friday of September. The base held
observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national
observance. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Honor guard members set the POW/MIA remembrance table at the Ginko Dining Facility Sept. 16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

51st Fighter Wing Airmen participate in a 24 hour run during the POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

51st Fighter Wing Airmen participate in a 24 hour run during the POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Staff Sgt. Tyron Jones, 51st Operations Support Squadron, carries the POW/MIA flag Sept. 17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. Osan Air base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Staff Sgt. Tyron Jones, 51st Operations Support Squadron, carries the POW/MIA flag Sept. 17. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. Osan Air base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

An honor guard member salutes the POW/MIA memorial at Osan Air Base Sept. 16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

An honor guard member salutes the POW/MIA memorial at Osan Air Base Sept. 16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is annually observed in the United States on the third Friday of September. The base held observances and ceremonies for the entire week leading up to the national observance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The Osan Air Force Sergeants Association chapter sponsored the National POW/MIA Recognition Day this year, with an entire week of events Sept. 13-17. There were a myriad of demonstrations and events leading up to The National POW/MIA Recognition Day, culminating in a remembrance and memorial tribute ceremony Sept 17.

Team Osan honored the sacrifices of unaccounted-for comrades-in-arms and zeal of the families who are unsure of their status while waiting arduously for closure. The base also hoped to enhance awareness of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command efforts for recovery. The watchword for this year's Recognition Day was "Until every story ends."

Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day were held across the United States and overseas on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag.

For a slideshow of the week's events, click here.