SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - Hundreds of people commemorated National POW/MIA Recognition Day in Sumter County on Friday with a ceremony at Georgia Southwestern.
Alan Brunstrom is one of 100 ex-prisoners of war that attended The Ride Home 2015 along with families who were missing loved ones.
Brunstrom was shot flying an RF 101 in Vietnam in 1966. He was in and out of prison camps for seven years before returning home.
"I bailed out, floated down and got captured within two seconds of me hitting the ground," said Brunstrom.
Others like Pam Cain's father never made it home. He's been missing for almost 50 years.
"My dad is Colonel Oscar Mauterer with the United States Air Force and he was shot down in Laos in February 1966," said Cain.
Cain wears this bracelet everyday remembering her father. He's one of more than 80,000 soldiers missing since World War II. The Ride Home, a non-profit organization, has made it's mission to making sure those who are missing aren't forgotten.
Other organizations such as the Rolling Thunder and American Legion are also supporting the cause in wanting answers from the government.
"Our goverment made a pledge to not leave anyone in a foreign land, so we're keeping the government to their promise," said Rev. Chuck Gass.
Many families are hoping that promise is kept.
There will be special events held in Americus and Andersonville on Saturday, September 19.
10:30 a.m. - Assemble at Walmart parking lot
11:15 a.m. - Leave Walmart en route to Andersonville Historical Site
1:00 p.m. - Funeral for Thirteen Thousand Andersonville POWs
2:00 p.m. - Leave Andersonville for South Georgia Technical College
3:00 p.m. - Lunch at South Georgia Technical College
4:30 p.m. - Recognition Service (location to be determined)
6:00 p.m. - Special Entertainment at Rylander Theatre