Events this week to help veterans, honor MIA and POWs

There are a couple of events this week aimed at helping and honoring our nation’s veterans, MIA and POWs. A special event Thursday is aimed at helping local veterans. Bob Miller is event coordinator for the Fourth Annual Veteran Stand Down event.

Miller says the purpose of this event is to help veterans find services they may need, but not be aware of.

These events evolved from a concept that was created during the Vietnam War. Thursday’s event will include informational booths, blood pressure tests and haircuts for veterans who need them.

Miller says that there is an event Friday evening in Columbus to remember and honor our nation’s MIA and POWs.

Miller says that the whereabouts of more than 82-thousand American soldiers are unknown. Friday night’s event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. The ceremony is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes and you are invited.