Charleston Air Force Base will honor former prisoners of war and those still missing in action with a vigil run and a series of special events today through Friday.
Teams of four totaling more than 100 service members from all four branches of the military will participate.
Service members, Department of Defense employees, family members and local Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets will run 15-minute segments for 24 hours starting at 3:30 p.m. today and ending at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Also on Friday, more than 200 service members, Department of Defense employees, family members and local community leaders are invited to attend a luncheon at the Charleston Club on the base at noon honoring former POWs. More than 25 former POWs from throughout South Carolina are expected to attend.
Following the lunch, guests will tour a C-17 named The Spirit of American POW/MIA at 2 p.m.
Then there will be a special retreat ceremony at the base flag staff. It is scheduled to begin when the POW flag is delivered by 437th Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Bernice Belcer from the vigil run at 3:30 p.m.
The base honor guard and members of the 437th Airlift Wing will lay a wreath, followed by a C-17 flyover in the missing man formation, retirement of the colors, the playing of taps and a 21-gun salute.
In the event of bad weather, the retreat ceremony will be moved near the flightline.