Gold Star Mothers to be honored Sunday

The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will hold a Gold Star Mothers Honor Ceremony from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the museum located at 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville. The ceremony will be followed by a fellowship reception. Seating is limited to 100. The event will also honor their families.

The reception is being hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution/Major Jacob Gray Chapter and the Children of the American Revolution/The Rock Chapter. There is no admission fee. For More information call (501) 241-1943.

VA honors former prisoners of war, remembers those still missing

A ceremony honoring former prisoners of war (POW) and those service members still missing in action (MIA) is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Eugene Towbin Healthcare Center in North Little Rock.

The annual event is organized by the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) and the Little Rock VA Regional Office in observance of National POW/MIA day.

Milton Crenchaw, a former Tuskegee Airmen, is the featured speaker at this year’s ceremony. Crenchaw was named Primary Flight Instructor in 1942 at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Ala. He was one of the two original supervising squadron members under Chief Pilot Charles A. Anderson. He trained hundreds of cadet pilots while at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute in the 1940s and was the catalyst in starting the first successful flight program at Philander Smith College in Little Rock from 1947 to 1953.

Since World War I, more than 142,000 Americans, including 83 women, have been captured and interned as POWs. Only about one third of former POWs are still living, 90 percent of who were captured and interned during World War II. These numbers do not include more than 83,400 Americans who are missing and have never been recovered.