Defense Leaders Mark POW/MIA Recognition Day

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A flyover of Army UH-60 helicopters followed by a diamond of combat jets from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps concludes the annual Pentagon observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 19, 2008.  U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, the event's keynote speaker, flanked Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, right, and Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, left, stand in the reviewing area.   Defense Dept. photo by R. D. Ward
  • Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England,left, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, of Missouri, center, the keynote speaker, and Marne Corps Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand on the dias at the annual Pentagon observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.   Defense Dept. photo by R. D. Ward
  • U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, delivers the keynote address at the annual Pentagon observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 19, 2008.   Defense Dept. photo by R. D. Ward
  • Members of Rolling Thunder listen as U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, delivers the keynote address at the annual Pentagon observance of National PoW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 19, 2008. Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization that helps American veterans from all wars and publicizes POW/MIA issues.   Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess
  • Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England addresses the audience at the annual observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Pentagon, Sept. 19, 2008.   Defense Dept. photo by R. D. Ward
  • The audience watches as the flags of each U.S. state and territory pass in review during the annual Pentagon observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 19, 2008.   Defense Dept. photo by R. D. Ward
  • Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  delivers remarks at the annual Pentagon observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 19, 2008.   Defense Dept. photo by R. D. Ward
  • Left to right, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James E. Cartwright stand at attention for the joint honor guard during National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Pentagon Sept. 19, 2008.  Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess.
  •  John Meyers, Maryland state commander for American Ex-Prisoners of War, front, and Steve Czecha, Maryland chapter officer for AXPOW, salute during a pass-in-review at the the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon today. Both were prisoners of war for about four months during World War II.  Defense Dept. photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shakes hands with Doris Jones, with the American Legion Post 70, at the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 19, 2008.  Defense Dept. photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri greets one of the many veterans in the audience at the conclusion of the annual observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Pentagon, Sept. 19, 2008. Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, was the event's keynote speaker, reminding the audience of the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to help preserve freedom.   Defense Dept. photo by R. D. Ward