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VAMC schedules two events

HUNTINGTON — A Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 20.

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Veterans Association Medical Center will observe POW/MIA Recognition Day at 11 a.m. to honor those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing from past conflicts.

The POW/MIA or “Missing Man” table ceremony will be presented by the VAMC’s honor guard. An “Honor Cordon” will be stationed on the sidewalk prior to ceremony, saluting incoming guests. They will also be posting/retiring the colors.

The ceremony will be held in the VAMC’s recreation hall.

For more information about efforts to account for more than 82,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts, visit

As part of Suicide Prevention month activities, the VAMC will be hosting holding its second annual Suicide Aware and Remembrance 5k Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Ritter Park in Huntington.

“Our VA Suicide Prevention Team is committed to helping our Veterans in our communities manage their challenges and assist them in crisis,” Julie Brawn, suicide prevention coordinator, said. “It’s about remembering our friends, family, and loved ones who’ve chosen to end their lives.”

Race registration is online at There is no charge for participation.