GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County veterans will be gathering in Gallipolis City Park beside the Spirit of the Dough Boy memorial Friday at 10 a.m. to recognize those lost serving their country but not forgotten.
Sept. 15 is traditionally recognized as National Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day.
“It’s an annual observance and recognizing of prisoners of war and those missing in action of all previous wars,” said President Larry Marr of the local Vietnam Veterans of America. “We have John Jackson who is going to be our speaker this year and Annette Holiday will be singing some patriotic numbers. I’m paying special tribute to a Vietnam veteran killed in action but his body was never recovered.”
Marr said he will read some remarks as a tribute to Fred Mooney.
“The only living person in that family is a stepson and we’ve been communicating by email,” said Marr. “He was very appreciative and interested in what we were doing here. The colors will also be presented. We just decided many years ago that our POWs and those missing in action, it would be a sin to forget about them. Each year we have a ceremony.”
Fred Mooney was a veteran and resident of Northup, southwest of Centenary.
The Vietnam Veterans of American and VFW Post 4464 put on the program together.
“We combine our efforts and pull from both groups,” said Marr. “I’m normally the chairman of the event.”
Marr said there was traditionally also a table to honor POWs. The items on the table help tell the story of a prisoner of war.
POW and MIA Recognition Day was established by an act of Congress by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. US President Donald Trump read a proclamation recognizing the event Wednesday and the Gallia Commissioners and Gallia Veterans Service Commission did the same last Thursday.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740—446-2342, ext. 2103