Cadets at UVa Honoring Veterans

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Nov. 11, 2013

Army, Air Force and Navy units at the University of Virginia are honoring veterans with a two-day display on grounds.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, ROTC participants from all three branches are taking turns marching back and forth on the steps of the Rotunda in 15-minute shifts.

More than 90 cadets will take part in this vigil, all to honor those Americans who have become prisoners of war or gone missing in action.

"We have 83,340 who still are unaccounted for since World War II, so it's just the least we could do," said Air Force ROTC cadet and vigil organizer Nate Jewell.

Jewell says it is just as important to look to the future as it is to remember the past.

"We still have service men and women putting their lives on the line every day, and each and every one has the potential to become a prisoner of war or go missing in action," said Jewell.

Cadets set up a table at the vigil to pass out more information about POWs and MIAs to those who stopped to watch.

"I was riding by and I saw this happening and I said this is really great that these young people are carrying the tradition on," said Richard Boyleston who is visiting Charlottesville. "I don't think we have anything in this country that requires more dedication than to be in the military."

The vigil ends around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and will be followed by a Veterans Day ceremony. About 300 cadets and midshipmen are expected to participate in that ceremony, which is open to the public.

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