POW/MIA Week activities scheduled at bases in England
Several events have been planned at RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath, England, to commemorate POW/MIA Week, which begins Monday.
Events at RAF Mildenhall include:
¶ Sunday: A free showing of the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam” will be held at 2 p.m. in the Gateway Dining Facility. The movie is based on the exploits of an Air Force sergeant, Adrian Cronauer, who was a radio voice in Vietnam during the war. He is a featured visitor for the week at the base.
¶ Monday: Cronauer speaks during the POW/MIA luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Galaxy Club. Cronauer is special assistant to the deputy assistant of the Secretary of Defense for POW/MIAs. Also, beginning Monday and running through the week will be static displays at the POW/MIA Memorial on base.
¶ Tuesday: A POW cell similar to those endured by prisoners in Vietnam will be displayed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the POW/MIA Memorial. Mildenhall members will take turns spending 30 minutes in the cell.
¶ Wednesday: A five-kilometer formation run (about three miles) will begin at the POW/MIA Memorial. Runners should be in place at 11 a.m.
¶ Thursday: A remembrance wreath and hat-laying ceremony, where hats representing all branches of the service will be displayed in memory of POWs and MIAs, will be held at 5 p.m. Also, volunteers will begin reading the names of POWs and MIA personnel at 5 p.m. The reading will end at 5 p.m. Friday.
¶ Friday: A retreat ceremony at 5 p.m. will end the name-reading. Another wreath will be placed at the memorial and the hats will be collected. The ceremony will include a flyover.
RAF Lakenheath’s week of events includes a 24-hour vigil at Wings of Liberty Park on Thursday. Other events include:
¶ Monday: Nondenominational service at 7 p.m. at the base chapel.
¶ Tuesday: A Rolling Thunder Safety Ride will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the BXtra on RAF Mildenhall. The motorcycle procession will ride to RAF Lakenheath and hold a brief wreath-laying ceremony at Wings of Liberty Park.
¶ Wednesday: A five-kilometer run will begin at 7 a.m. at the sports complex behind the high school.
¶ Thursday: A luncheon will be held at Eagles’ Landing at 11 a.m. Cronauer will attend.¶
¶ Friday: A retreat conducted by the First Term Airman Center will be held at 5 p.m. at Liberty Circle.