Team Shaw remembers POW/MIAs

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard present the colors during a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 16, 2016. The honor guardsmen, in conjunction with soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Central, provided the presentation of colors, a three-volley rifle salute and played Taps for the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard present the colors during a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 16, 2016. The honor guardsmen, in conjunction with soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Central, provided the presentation of colors, a three-volley rifle salute and played Taps for the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

Motorcyclists escort the last of the runners from the 24-hour POW/MIA run at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 20, 2013. A POW/MIA Remembrance ceremony was held at Memorial Lake in honor of those Americans who have fallen, gone missing and/or become prisoners of war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tabatha Zarrella/Released)

Motorcyclists escort the last of the runners from the 24-hour POW/MIA run at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 20, 2013. A POW/MIA Remembrance ceremony was held at Memorial Lake in honor of those Americans who have fallen, gone missing and/or become prisoners of war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tabatha Zarrella/Released)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Motorcyclists escort runners during a 24-hour POW/MIA run at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 20, 2013, and U.S. Airmen and Soldiers present the colors during a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at Shaw AFB, Sept. 16, 2016. The annual run provides an opportunity for Team Shaw service members to honor POW and MIAs by carrying the POW/MIA flag around Memorial Lake. The ceremony invites military members, veterans and community leaders to recognize the sacrifices made by POWs and MIAs.

Traditionally observed on the third Friday in September, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is one of six days in the year that Congress has mandated flying the POW/MIA flag in certain locations such as major military installations, national cemeteries and all post offices.

The 2017 POW/MIA run is scheduled to begin Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. at Memorial Lake. The remembrance ceremony is slated for the following day at 9 a.m., also at the lake.