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Nellis Air Force Base hosted Friday morning its annual recognition ceremony honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action.

The event was held at Freedom Park and highlighted by guest speaker Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander.

The National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of observance in remembrance of the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war as well as those who are missing in action. The 2012 national theme, "Until They Are Home," recognizes family members of POW/MIAs, many of whom continue to wait for the return of their loved ones.

This day is usually observed on the third Friday in September and is one of six days on which Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The other days are: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

Nellis AFB has observed POW/MIA Recognition Day with a remembrance ceremony since 1986.