Longest American POW recognized at Andersonville National Cemetery

Longest American POW recognized at Andersonville National Cemetery

ANDERSONVILLE, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of veterans and family members gathered Friday morning to celebrate National POW/MIA recognition day.

The Ride Home Inc held its annual event at the Andersonville National Historic Cemetery to honor all former Prisoners of war and the families of those still missing in action.

Flags were presented to a family member of MIA Major Bobby Marvin Jones. Also recognized was America's longest held Prisoner of War, Colonel Floyd James Thompson.

"He was captured in 1964 and released by the Vietnamese in 1973 during operation homecoming," said Bob "Bulldog" Ousley, veteran. "He spent just a hair short of 9 years in captivity, if you can imagine that."

The group is holding several other events Friday night through Sunday to honor all military men and women.

Here's a list of remaining events:

Friday, Sept. 19

• POW/MIA escort to GSW – 3:45 p.m.

• Opening Ceremony – GSW Storm Dome – 5 p.m.

• Keeping the Promise…We Will Not Forget Service – GSW Storm Dome – 7 p.m.

• Candlelight Service – GSW Storm Dome – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21

• POW/MIA escort to GSW – 10:50 a.m.

• National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony – GSW Storm Dome – 11:30 p.m.

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