Veterans honored during POW/MIA flag raising ceremony at Reading Pagoda

A small group of veterans, along with city and county officials gathered at the Reading Pagoda Tuesday afternoon to raise the National League of Families POW/MIA flag in a ceremony to honor Soldiers who were taken as prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

Hosted by Reading Mayor Eddie Morán, speakers included Jason G. Mattise-Nauman, Deputy Director of the Berks County Veterans Affairs, Master Gunnery Sergeant retired, Franklin Salamone, and chairman of the POW/MIA Berks County Forget Me Nots, Bernie Bingham.

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December 7 is also National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Day, which is observed annually to honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii 1941.

Following the ceremony, the group walked up to the Pagoda’s flag pole, located on the small mountain island behind the parking lot to raise the flag.

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