Upcoming Events

 Below are a list of upcoming events that support the National League of POW/MIA Families and responsible public awareness of the POW/MIA issue.  This list will be updated regularly so continue to check back periodically.  If you would like to have your event added to the page, or if you have questions about an event listed, please send an email to our Office Administrator Leslie Swindells at leslie.swindells@pow-miafamilies.org or call 703-465-7432.  You can also find events and other news at our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-League-of-POWMIA-Families

VVA Texarkana Area Chapter 278 27th Annual POW-MIA Vigil 8-29-1
May 24, 2014
Danny Beauchamp, Designated-Next-of-Kin for LCDR  Roderick B. Lester, USN, still missing since his incident 8-20-72, shared photos that were taken just recently as the final preparations of the grounds of the former BUPERS facility are being prepared to become part of Arlington National Cemetery, next to the US Air Force Memorial, overlooking the  Pentagon and the Potomac River.
Groundbreaking for expansion of Arlington Cemetery near AF Memorial Ground for Arlington Cemetery expansion (756x800)
50th Year Vietnam War & Veterans Commemoration event on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as Prisoner…s Of War (POW), and the families of those listed as Missing In Action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States.
This event will be held at Lone Tree Cemetery at 24591 Fairview Avenue, Hayward, CA from 1:00 to 2:30. Honor Guards from AMVETS, VFW and American Legion will present the colors, including the Vietnam Commemorative Flag; there will also be a rifle salute and will conclude with a flag retirement ceremony led by the Boy Scouts.

AMVETS Post 911

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Honoring POW/MIA Personnel  -  Bill Would Establish Commemorative Chair on U.S. Capitol Grounds

On February 27, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA)  introduced bipartisan legislation to honor America’s POW/MIA’s.  The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act S.2053 will honor all US personnel unaccounted-for from our Nations’ past and present conflicts.

The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act (S.2053) would direct the Architect of the Capitol to place a commemorative chair bearing the POW/MIA logo in a prominent location at the U.S. Capitol. This chair would remain unoccupied to serve as a reminder of the ongoing challenge of accounting for America’s still missing and unaccounted-for and in recognition of their sacrifices for our nation.

The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act is supported by the National League of POW/MIA Families, and veteran’s advocacy groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and Rolling Thunder.

Follow this link:  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm  to find the information to contact your Senators to engage their support for  the POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act, S.2053.



April 15, 2014

On April 15th 2014 the city of Lowell, MA will be dedicating a POW/MIA Chair just as many other Cities have done across the commonwealth.

This will be a “sister City” event taking place over the course of the entire day. The event will begin at the Coffee Cann café in Lawrence at 1:00  p.m., then proceeding to the Lawrence City hall where Mayor Rivera will dedicate a duplicate chair in his City Hall at 2:30.  There will then be an escort from Lawrence to the Lowell City hall at which time we will also dedicate a duplicate chair.

This event will be presented through Both City Mayors offices, The Rolling Thunder motorcycle group, Veterans assisting Veterans group, and the chairs to be donated by the Lowell Spinners.


August 9th, 2014

Rittman Run Postcard


 April 27, 2014

9th Annual Sweet-Ola Ride/Auction and BBQ

Sunday April 27, 2014

 Presented by Boise Valley POW/MIA Corporation, at the Triangle in Sweet, ID

All money raised will go to support the National League of POW/MIA Families to continue the fight to bring home our unreturned Veterans.

Opening Ceremony starts at 1pm with presentation of POW/MIA Missing Man Table and keynote speaker Mr. Mark Stephensen, Treasurer from the National League of POW/MIA Families.

Lots of nice items on the auction block. Advanced meal tickets $10 per person, or $15 the day of the event.

Live and Silent Auction from 1:30-4pm. Live entertainment provided by Simple Ruckus. Until they are all home, “You Are Not Forgotten”!

For more information contact 208-867-9105 or e-mail sgt.at.arms@bvpowmia.org or visit our website at www.bvpowmia.org

Boise Valley 2014 Poster



March 29, 2014

On March 29, a ceremony will be held honoring Utah’s Vietnam Veterans with the signing of the legislation designating Vietnam Veterans Day in Utah by Gov. Gary Herbert. The program will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at 9:30 a.m.

“Among those we want to honor are the Gold Star Families – families of those lost in the Vietnam War whose names are etched on the Vietnam Memorial at the State Capitol, and the families of those still unaccounted for; listed as POW/MIA.”

Anyone having information about these families is asked to contact Dennis Howland, President Northern Utah Chapter Vietnam Veterans of America at 801-389-1893.


Dennis Howland


North Utah Chapter

Vietnam Veterans of America





 And the winner is….Dawn Dempsey from Dubuque, IA!

Dawn is the winner of the raffle for the Name the Character in a new book by Gerri Krotow.  Dawn has decided to honor her Grandfather, Charles G. Dempsey, a navy vet from WWII, as the character name in Geri’s book.   “I can not express how very excited I am about the opportunity of naming a character in your book to be released next year.  I plan on purchasing a copy for all of my siblings and their children, along with all of my cousins and relatives to my grandfather for the holidays next year.   This is such an honor to my family and to all veterans. “

Thanks to Geri and her editor Paula Eykelhof (Executive Editor, Harlequin/Mira Books) for the thoughtful donation of a character name to be use in the raffle.  And thanks to Dawn & everyone that bought raffle chances.   A Navy Christmas is due out in November 2014.

To see other of Geri’s book or watch for this book to come out check out her website www.gerikrotow.com

Charles G. Dempsey

Donate $1 to the National League of POW/MIA Families and get a chance to have your name appear as a character in NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November 2014

Geri Krotow, author of the Whidbey Island Series, is auctioning off a chance to have your name as a character in her upcoming book NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November, 2014.  The raffle will start on Oct 1st, and the winner will be drawn on Dec 10th.  All raffle chances must be received before Dec. 9, 2013.  The drawing will be held at a Christmas POW/MIA fund-raiser in Dubuque, Iowa.  The winner will be notified and mailed an autographed copy of the author’s current book, Navy Orders, donated by the author.   Mail your name, address and phone number, along with $1 per chance, to Elaine Palen, POW/MIA Raffle,  2232 Suzanne Drive, Dubuque, IA 52002.  For additional information, email epalen@dbqco.org, with RAFFLE in the subject line.

To see more books from Geri please check out her website at: gerikrotow.com


Complementary Tickets for Armed Forces Bowl

This is an opportunity for you, as family members of POW/MIA veterans, to receive complimentary tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (BHAFB) Game, being held at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas  on December 30 2013. Bell Helicopter is one of more than 5,000 Partners of the 50th Vietnam War Anniversary Commemoration Commission, and they have graciously offered complimentary tickets to this annual televised event.  By visiting their web site — http://www.armedforcesbowl.com/armed-forces-ticket-request, veterans, POW/MIA families and active duty personnel can request complimentary tickets. This event is also posted on the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration website –  www.vietnamwar50th.com.

 Veterans Day 11-11-2013

Veterans Day  in the Nation’s Capitol

Chairman of the Board Ann Mills-Griffiths and Office Administrator Leslie Swindells (pictured in the East Wing Foyer) represented the League at the White House Veterans Day Breakfast.   Yes, our POW/MIA Flag was flying proudly over the White House (see photo).   In addition to veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, 1st Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, senior military officers and enlisted representatives of all Services and veteran organization leaders, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki, USA (Ret), were in attendance.   President Obama and Vice President Biden held a receiving/photo-op line concluding the event in time for all to reach Veterans Day ceremonies held at Arlington National Cemetery and across the region and nation.

One such event, at the US Air Force Memorial, was co-hosted by the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and the Air Force Association (AFA).    Keynote speaker for the event was Lt Gen Stephen L. Hoog, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, preceded by remarks provided by retired Air Force General John A. Shaud, representing AFA, and retired Master Sgt Morgan Brown, AFSA.  The event was concluded with a wreath-laying ceremony and playing of Taps.


White House 11-11-13 Grand Foyer of the East Wing with Leslie Swindells 11-11-13   Air Force Memorial Lt. Gen. Stephen L. Hoog, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force  11-11-13retired Master Sgt. Morgan Brown from AFSA  11-11-13Wreath laying ceremony Air Force Memorial 11-11-13

July 26th, 27th, 28th 2013: Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association Motorcycle Rally (Pocatello, ID)

Come out and join the Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association in their annual Motorcycle Rally!  This year’s event features a keynote address by National League of POW/MIA Families member and Returned POW, LtCol David Gray (USAF, Ret.).  Gray served as a member of the Board of Directors for 20 years, most recently as the Vice Chairman.  Participate in various competitions and events and enjoy musical performances on Saturday with bands including American Hitman and Snake Bones.  To learn more about the Rally, events taking place, and accommodations, visit http://powmiarodeo.org/2013-rally-home/.


June 11th – 14th 2014: National League of POW/MIA Families 45th Annual Meeting (Arlington, VA)

Each year, the League hosts an annual meeting that brings together a wide spectrum of US officials to update the POW/MIA families, veterans, and other Americans on efforts being made and recent progress on the issue.  The 2014 meeting will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, from Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 15th.  Registration will be done in advance with forms being sent by mail after the first of the year.  Meeting credentials (name tag, materials, etc.) will be available for pick-up on June 11th after 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Crystal City.

The meeting will again feature a boutique of items donated throughout the year such as jewelry, handmade items, quilts, scrapbooks, etc.  Funds raised directly benefit the League and donors will be provided a letter acknowledging their donation for tax purposes.