TOWNSEND -- National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, Sept. 21.

Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a candlelight POW/MIA ceremony on the Townsend Common that evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

The ceremony is meant to honor all prisoners-of-war and those missing in action and to remind residents that we must continue to push for a complete accounting of all those still missing in action and those held against their will.

The 39 Massachusetts residents still unaccounted for in Indochina following the Vietnam Conflict will be especially remembered.

The Townsend VFW Post and its Ladies Auxiliary ask all residents to join them in honoring and remembering all prisoners-of-war and those missing-in-action by wearing a red ribbon to show your concern for the 1,897 American servicemembers and civilians who are still missing and unaccounted for in Indochina following the Vietnam Conflict plus the more than 3,150 World War I POW/MIAs, the 78,750 World War II POW/MIAs, the 7,997 Korean Conflict POW/MIAs and the POW/MIAs from the most recent conflicts.

By displaying a red ribbon, wearing a POW/MIA bracelet or flying a black POW/MIA flag beneath the American flag, citizens show they will not be satisfied until all Americans being held are released, the fullest possible accounting is made of the missing and the remains of those who died serving this nation are returned.

VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary feel that these Americans and their families deserve nothing less.