South Bend, Ind. Veterans, military personnel and their families gathered Saturday at South Bend's Military Honor Park to celebrate the memories of those missing in action and the strength of those taken as prisoners of war.
Members of the American Legion and VFW took part in the ceremony, as well as members of the Riley High School Junior Officers' Training Corps.
The flag was lowered to half-staff and a blessing was given in the memory of those lost.
Speakers told the stories of those being remembered and others described their own POW experiences.
“I'm thankful that I came back to a country that I can appreciate my freedom,” said James Ball, former Korean War POW/MIA. “And I'm glad to be able to talk and to tell about what freedom means to me. It's a great joy to know that I'm in the land of the free, the home of the brave.”
The service was made possible by the Military Honor Park of South Bend.