Airman from different units took part in a 24-hour run at Hercules Field, Sept. 14 and 15 to remember service members as prisoners of war-missing in action.
The run began at 3 p.m., Sept. 14 and ended at 3 p.m., the following day, said Master Sgt. Susanna Rogers, 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
“(It’s) to honor the people that came before us,” Rogers said.
Before each Airman began the run, the names of service members whose bodies were found and brought home this year were read, Rogers added.
For Staff Sgt. Rachel Blackburn, 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group, the run seemed to help her to identify with the struggle of those listed as POW-MIA.
“You think about stress on your arm and think about what POWs have gone through. If they went through hell, I can carry a flag for another lap,” she said.
According to national statistics, there are more than 83,000 still listed as POW-MIA. For more information about Pope Army Airfield, visit www.pope.af.mil.