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Church honors veterans and prisoners of war

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Nov 10 2013 05:32:59 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 10 2013 04:07:28 PM CST
Church honors veterans
BRISTOL, Va. -

Veterans' Day may be on Monday but a church in Bristol, Va. honored servicemen and women a day early in a special ceremony.

Veterans filed into Victory Baptist Church with ROTC cadets, to a bagpipe salute.

After an honor guard presented the colors, the veterans went back outside to dedicate an empty chair to all prisoners of war (POW).

"The POW dedication is very inherent for us all because there are still service members that are missing in action and prisoners of war that have not come home yet," said Sgt. Tommy Porter, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Honor Guard. "Until everyone is accounted for we still need to honor them. By having it out here for everyone to see it gives a more constant reminder to the public."

The VFW honor guard gave the chair and POW/MIA flag a 21-gun salute.

The Victory Baptist Church served the veterans lunch after the ceremony.