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On the third Friday of each September, military installations, ships and veterans’ families take a moment to recognize those who have been prisoners of war or are still missing in action. (credit: American Airlines)

On the third Friday of each September, military installations, ships and veterans’ families take a moment to recognize those who have been prisoners of war or are still missing in action. (credit: American Airlines)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - American Airlines and American Eagle honored current and former employees on National POW/MIA Recognition Day Friday. Every year, on the third Friday of each September, military installations, ships and veterans’ families take a moment to recognize those who have been prisoners of war or are still missing in action.

More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. (credit: American Airlines)

More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. (credit: American Airlines)

It was an emotional day of remembrance for those who were present; including 15 former or current American employees who are known POW/MIA.

There are still more than 83,000 American troops missing in action today, according to the Department of Defense Prisoner of War – Missing Personnel Office. That includes 73,681 from World War II; 7,947 from the Korean War; 126 during the Cold War; 1,657 from the Vietnam War; and six from Iraq and other conflicts.

POW stands for Prisoner Of War, which is someone who was captured by the enemy they were fighting. MIA stands for Missing In Action, which means the body of the soldier was not recovered and they cannot be found. (credit: American Airlines)

POW stands for Prisoner Of War, which is someone who was captured by the enemy they were fighting. MIA stands for Missing In Action, which means the body of the soldier was not recovered and they cannot be found. (credit: American Airlines)

The Veteran Military Employee Resource Group (VMERG) honored veterans with a Patriot Guard motorcade and the NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base Joint Service Color Guard presented during the ceremony. Guests were entertained by a special appearance of an iconic Huey helicopter and were taught about the symbolic message of the Fallen Comrade Table. It’s military etiquette to honor service members who have fallen in the line of duty by setting aside a special table for them at functions such as the one that took place at the CR Smith Museum. Each element on the table symbolizes something specific.

Many Americans across the United States paused to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of was as well as those who are missing in action and their families. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.

Veteran rallies took place in many states across the nation. United States flags and POW/MIA flags were flown and joint prayers are made for POWs and those missing in action. Remembrance ceremonies and other events to observe the day were also held in places such as the Pentagon, war memorials and museums.

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