Watch Fire will honor POWs, MIAs

First Posted: 9/2/2014

In honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Sept. 19, special day, the “Remembering Our Veterans Memorial” Committee from the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly of God Church, Carverton Road, Trucksville will host a Watch Fire to spiritually guide home, remember and honor all the POW/MIA from America’s wars and conflicts.

The lighting of the Watch Fire will occur at approximately 5:30 p.m. while the ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the church grounds. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the sanctuary of the church.

The Watch Fire will will continue to burn until dawn. There will be representatives of various veterans’ organizations, music, prayer and other activities on the grounds. Historically, Watch Fires were held on hilltops and at the mouths of rivers, after a battle to help guide those who were separated from their units during a battle as a way for them to find their way back to their commands.

Guest speaker will be Edward Zimmerman, a Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran. Zimmerman is also a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. He will speak about his recent trip to Vietnam where he helped locate an area where the possible remains of two Marines, listed as Missing in Action, may be found.

Zimmerman worked with a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, search team based at Pearl Harbor in June to search for the remains of Pfc. Anthony John Pepper, of Richmond, Virginia, and Cpl. James Mitchell Trimble, of Eureka, California. They were both killed during the 77-day siege at Khe Sanh in early 1968. Zimmerman was stationed at Khe Sanh during this siege.

For more information, call John Tasco at 570-675-1020.

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Ed Zimmerman, local vet who helped locate possible site of MIA remains in Vietnam, to speak at Watch Fire.

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