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VAFB celebrates POW/MIA week

Members of the installation attend the POW/MIA Candle Light Vigil Sept. 19, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Members of the installation attend the POW/MIA Candle Light Vigil Sept. 19, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During the event, the members stood in silence as guest speaker, Elizabeth Lucero-Mason, shared the story of her father, Telesfor Lucero, who was taken as a POW in 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

Members of the installation attend the POW/MIA Candle Light Vigil Sept. 19, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Members of the installation attend the POW/MIA Candle Light Vigil Sept. 19, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During the event, guest speaker Elizabeth Lucero-Mason shared the trials and tribulations her father, Telesfor Lucero, experienced during his 785 days as a POW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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30th Space Wing Airmen run through the night during the 24-hour POW/MIA Remembrance Run Sept. 18, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Service members ran in 30 to 60 minute shifts in honor of POW/MIA Remembrance Week. During the run, other members read the names of all Prisoner of War and Missing in Action casualties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

Members of Vandenberg Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors during the POW/MIA Opening Ceremony Sept. 16, 2019, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

Members of Vandenberg Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors during the POW/MIA Opening Ceremony Sept. 16, 2019, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Airmen paid tribute to the POW/MIA flag, which was created as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans imprisoned, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Service members render a salute during the playing of taps at the POW/MIA Opening Ceremony Sept. 16, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Service members render a salute during the playing of taps at the POW/MIA Opening Ceremony Sept. 16, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September to honor those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Service members gather during the POW/MIA Opening Ceremony Sept. 16, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Service members gather during the POW/MIA Opening Ceremony Sept. 16, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Displayed at the ceremony was the missing person table. The table is round to represent the everlasting concern the survivors have for the missing. One or more head covers may be placed upon the table, representing the armed service of the missing persons. Also, the table is adorned with a white tablecloth to symbolize the pure intentions of the service members who responded to the country's call to arms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

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Members of Vandenberg participate in a 5K ruck in honor of POW/MIA Remembrance Week Sept. 18, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Remembrance Ruck was part of this year’s POW/MIA Remembrance Week, which was inspired by the theme “Never Forgotten: Their Sacrifice, Our Mission, Ever Onward.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Members of Vandenberg prepare to begin a 5K ruck in honor of POW/MIA Remembrance Week Sept. 18, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Remembrance Ruck was part of this year’s POW/MIA Remembrance Week, which was inspired by the theme “Never Forgotten: Their Sacrifice, Our Mission, Ever Onward.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Service members from across the base volunteer to carry the POW/MIA flag during the 24-hour POW/MIA Remembrance Run Sept. 18, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Out of respect to those who were lost while serving in the military, Vandenberg Airmen, civilians and spouses kept the flag moving at all times, even during group transitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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