CU-COLORADO SPRINGS TO HOLD FIRST-EVER POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY

Tom Hutton, 262-3439

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — Prisoners of war and those listed as missing in action will be formally honored during a ceremony at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The first-ever campus POW/MIA Recognition Day will be at noon Sept. 20 at the flagpole in front of Main Hall. The ceremony is free and open to the public, especially all former POWs, military veterans, military personnel and their families. A reception and refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The National POW/MIA Recognition Day, celebrated the third Friday in September, commemorates returned POWs and Americans still missing and unaccounted for from all wars. National ceremonies are held throughout the nation and around the world on military installations, ships at sea, and at state capitols, schools, churches, national veteran and civic organizations, and police and fire departments. More information is at http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/.

The designer of the POW/MIA flag, Newton Heisley, was a pilot during World War II. He sketched the design featuring a gaunt silhouette of his son Jeffrey, with barbed wire and a tower to depict what life must be like for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. Both Heisley and his son live in Colorado Springs. More about the POW/MIA flag is located at

http://www.homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/flag/1bfb_disp9c.html.

The ceremony will include raising the POW/MIA flag by the CU-Colorado Springs Army ROTC battalion, playing of the National Anthem, and a proclamation that will honor the day’s observance.

Several speakers are planned for the event. Speakers include Lieutenant Colonel Simeon G. Trombitas, garrison commander, Ft. Carson, and Nina Gomez, associate professor, Communication and widow of a former POW. Gomez is also the former commander of the Mile High Chapter of American Ex-POWs.

Mario Carrillo, manager, Physical Plant, and Colonel, U.S. Army, retired, will be the master of ceremonies.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,000 students annually.