This Friday, Sept. 20, is national POW/MIA Recognition Day, and local veterans will be honoring one of their own.
The South Central Regional Veterans Group (SCRVG) will host the dedication of a new POW/ MIA monument at the Veterans Memorial Park on Southview Drive in Rolla.
The ceremony, conducted by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 from Crocker, will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
According to SCRVG Chairman Jerry Bumpus, it was just a month or so ago that he discovered that Rolla has a World War II soldier, Capt. Edgar Lanning, that had been reported as missing in action.
"Captain Lanning's niece along with some brothers and sisters had purchased a memorial brick at the park. I got to talking to her and discovered that her uncle was leading a flight of planes over the English Channel in early December of 1944 when he crashed into the water and has not yet been found," said Bumpus.
He added that Lanning's niece, Susan Elliott Gilbert, and one of Captain Lanning's nephews, Mike Elliot, will present a wreath at the memorial as part of the ceremony.
The ceremony is open to the public and people are asked to bring lawn chairs as seating is limited.
For more information, contact Bumpus at 573-647-7601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.