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Vandenberg honors POW and MIA at ceremony

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Tech. Sgt. Michael Galante, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron spacelift maintenance technician, stands guard at the POW/MIA Memorial during a 24-hour name reading vigil here Thursday, Sept. 19. The vigil culminated in a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, marking the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Tech. Sgt. Michael Galante, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron spacelift maintenance technician, stands guard at the POW/MIA Memorial during a 24-hour name reading vigil here Thursday, Sept. 19. The vigil culminated in a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, marking the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Honor Guard members stand ready to perform military honors during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name-reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Honor Guard members stand ready to perform military honors during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name-reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Guests in attendance stand for the opening invocation during the POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Guests in attendance stand for the opening invocation during the POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 30th Space Wing command chief, speaks to veterans and guests during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 30th Space Wing command chief, speaks to veterans and guests during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 30th Space Wing command chief, speaks to veterans and guests during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 30th Space Wing command chief, speaks to veterans and guests during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Amanda Havemeier, 30th Security Forces Squadron member, stands guard at the POW/MIA Memorial during a 24-hour name reading vigil here Friday, Sept. 20. The vigil culminated in a special ceremony marking the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Amanda Havemeier, 30th Security Forces Squadron member, stands guard at the POW/MIA Memorial during a 24-hour name reading vigil here Friday, Sept. 20. The vigil culminated in a special ceremony marking the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Retired Chief Master Sgt. Norm Marous delivers a speech to guests of a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Retired Chief Master Sgt. Norm Marous delivers a speech to guests of a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Airmen place a ceremonial wreath honoring U.S. military members imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Airmen place a ceremonial wreath honoring U.S. military members imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Honor Guard members complete the first volley of shots for the 21-gun salute during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Honor Guard members complete the first volley of shots for the 21-gun salute during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Airmen prepare to place a ceremonial wreath honoring U.S. military members imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Airmen prepare to place a ceremonial wreath honoring U.S. military members imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony here Friday, Sept. 20. The ceremony marked the 34th United States' National POW and MIA Recognition Day observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year and was preceded by a 24-hour name reading vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)