On Friday, September 17th, 2021 the SLW Centennial Navy JROTC assisted the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #566 in their annual POW/MIA (Prisoners of War / Missing in Action) Candle Lighting Ceremony in remembrance of those veterans that were and might still be captures as well as those veterans that are missing in action while performing their duties during times of war. Holding the American Flag was SLW Centennial Navy JROTC’s Executive Officer Cadet Lieutenant Aidan Rossell, the yellow Vietnam Veterans of America’s Flag was held by SLW Centennial’s Navy JROTC’s Armory/Weapon’s Officer Cadet Petty Officer Third Class Devin Borut, and the POW/MIA Flag was held by SLW Centennial Navy JROTC’s Administrations Officer Cadet Petty Officer Third Class Casey Scott.
The cadets that had the honor of lighting candles for the ceremony were Cadet Seaman Recruit Mayreeana Neston, Cadet Seaman Recruit Bridget Molina, Cadet Seaman Recruit Keyanna Jackson, Cadet Seaman Recruit Madeleine Crocket, and Cadet Seaman Recruit Gabrielle Baylor.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #566 hosts the POW/MIA Candle Lighting Ceremony annually on POW/MIA Recognition Day at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. This year that day fell on Friday, September 17th, 2021. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #566 President, Mr. Wayne Teegardin.