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Saint Charles to host POW-MIA Watch Fire

In honor of National POW/MIA Day, the Saint Charles Veterans Commission will host a POW-MIA Recognition Watch Fire Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at Veterans Memorial Bishop’s Landing.

The event, known as a Watch Fire, is a long-standing tradition that symbolizes the hope that all of America’s soldiers held as prisoners of war and those missing in action will find their way home to their loved ones.

“The city of Saint Charles is pleased to provide the only watch fire recognition ceremony in the State of Missouri,” Mayor Dan Borgmeyer said. “As a Vietnam combat veteran, I am honored to assist with this ceremony to help memorialize my fellow veterans and honor their courage and sacrifice.”

The Saint Charles Fire Department will be present to supervise the lighting and burning of the watch fire. The Patriot Guard Riders also will be in attendance. The event will take place rain or shine.

Everyone is welcome to attend; however, those attending will have to provide their own lawn chairs for seating. Social distancing and the wearing of a medical mask is requested.

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