Vigil to raise awareness of POW, MIA issue

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Joe Rannazzisi takes part in a POW/MIA vigil in Naugatuck in June 2011. The Naugatuck POW/MIA Committee is hosting another POW/MIA vigil Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Naugatuck Town Green. –FILE PHOTO
Joe Rannazzisi takes part in a POW/MIA vigil in Naugatuck in June 2011. The Naugatuck POW/MIA Committee is hosting another POW/MIA vigil Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Naugatuck Town Green. –FILE PHOTO

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck POW/MIA Committee, formed this year as part of the Naugatuck Veterans Council, is holding a POW/MIA vigil Saturday on the Naugatuck Town Green.

The vigil will be held, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The vigil is held to raise public awareness of the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action issue from all wars to keep the pressure on our government to continue to search for and get answers regarding the final disposition of each individual, so closure can be given to their families and loved ones.

During the vigil, individual volunteers will act as prisoners of war and be placed in one of two cages for one hour, then released to a welcoming home ceremony. An opening ceremony will be held after the first prisoners are placed in the cages at 8 a.m. and the closing ceremony will be held at approximately 5:15 p.m., prior to the release of the last prisoners at 6 p.m.

Council member organizations, American Legion Post 17, Catholic War Veterans Post 708, and the VFW Post 1946, are sponsoring the event. The vigil is presented in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Committee of Milford and West Haven.

The vigil is open to the public. For more information, contact Bob Genovese at (203) 729-0817 or Phil Arcuri at (203) 723-1109.