SJU Air Force ROTC to Hold Flag Relay Honoring POW/MIA Recognition Day
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Each year, millions of Americans pause on the third Friday of September to acknowledge the sacrifices and service of those in our military who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA). Across the country, rallies are held, and military groups fly a special POW/MIA flag.
Saint Joseph’s University will join the observance this year with a POW/MIA vigil and flag relay beginning on Friday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. on Sweeney Field. Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), director of veteran services, will speak at the opening vigil, along with members of SJU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment. After the ceremony, the AFROTC cadets will begin the relay, running with the flag through campus for 24 continuous hours.
“National POW/MIA Recognition Day is very personal to me,” says Galati, a former prisoner of war who served in the Vietnam War. “As an SJU alumnus, it is rewarding to see our student-cadets take the initiative to raise awareness on our campus in such a visible and impactful way.”
The Saint Joseph's University Office of Veterans Services is committed to honoring those who have served our country by providing opportunities for education and career advancement. Veterans Services understands the unique needs of the veteran population and strives to create a welcoming environment for veterans and their families. The office designs and implements customized education programs and ensures that veterans gain access to all eligible federal, state and local programs and services, and is committed to preparing veterans for personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.