Hampstead American Legion to host candelight vigil, honor POW MIA

The Hampstead American Legion’s 7th annual POW MIA Candlelight Vigil will be celebrated with a flag ceremony for all branches of the military, readings, a POW table ceremony and lighting of candles.

The vigil, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Hampstead Post 200, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead, with the presentation of colors and Star-Spangled Banner.

“If you have never seen a table ceremony, it is a very special tribute to those not able to join us,” Legion member Patty Sater said in an email describing the event. “Also there will be various POWs that will be honored.”

Of those POWs are two World War II veterans and Louie Zamperini, whose story as a POW is told in the 2010 book “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand, later turned in a film in 2014. The movie’s sequel, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption,” will be released on Friday, Sept. 14, to continue his story.

“We will also honor the late Sen. John McCain, POW for five and a half years, and his cell mate for two years, retired Col. John Fer, who was a prisoner for six years,” Sater said.

The program will last about an hour with food available for purchase before and after the ceremony in the lounge.

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