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28th annual POW/MIA breakfast gets underway

2013 POW/MIA breakfast 2013 POW/MIA breakfast
Major Alexander Vanston Major Alexander Vanston

Preparations for the 28th annual POW and MIA honor breakfast will get underway at Albany's Marine Logistics Base.

Major Alexander Vanston feels the breakfast is symbolic. It's a way to not only honor but remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

He has been serving in the Marines for over a decade, and for three years he was POW/MIA accounting leader. Major Vanston would travel all over Europe and southeast Asia in search of military men and women.

There are currently 18 recovery teams in the world, their goal is to try to locate over 50,000 military who never made it home.

During Major Vanston's time as commander he had group of ten men to lead. He says anyone wearing the uniform would be honored to take on such a task. And although some may find it somewhat unsettling, he says it's very rewarding.

"A lot of people think it might be a little bit morbid but it's a positive experience, sometimes you get to meet the families of those you're looking for. There's nothing like closing a site and you're bringing somebody back," Major Vanston said.

He says meeting the families of those missing and telling them they found their loved one is what made it rewarding.

The breakfast will begin at 7 AM followed by a special guest speaker.

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