UW Air Force ROTC to Honor POW and MIAs Friday
November 4, 2013 — The University of Wyoming will remember those who were either prisoners of war or missing in action Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9. Members of the Arnold Air Society Phillips Squadron of UW Air Force ROTC will honor the POW/MIAs with a 24-hour vigil at the Prexy’s Pasture flagpole.
Two AFROTC cadets will march and stand guard of the American and POW flags for 24 hours in 30-minute shifts.
“It’s an opportunity to give back and honor those who have given everything for their country,” says Cadet Operations Deputy Commander Christina Pantle of Encampment.
“It’s a way of honoring and remembering our brothers and sisters in arms and the sacrifices they have made,” says Cadet Wing Commander Benjamin Westley of Estes Park, Colo. “It’s one night when I attempt to stand with, and be with, those who have given countless nights for me and our country.”
Weather won’t play a factor. In years past, cadets have marched in rain, sleet and snow. Many cadets volunteer for more than one shift. Some cadets have even stood watch more than six hours during previous POW/MIA vigils.
UW Air Force ROTC cadets Murphy Dutcher of Gillette and Eilise Patrick of Highlands, Ranch, Colo., present arms to the American flag at last year’s POW/MIA vigil. (Kylee Ashton Photo)