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Torch Relay, Ceremony Honors POW's and MIA's

A member of the base honor guard hands the torch to the first runner to kick off the torch realy at Fort MacArthur, Sept 16. The 24- hour relay and closing ceremony were held in recognition of National POW/MIA Appreciation Day, a time to remember those who were prisoners of war and those still missing in action. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A member of the base honor guard hands the torch to the first runner to kick off the torch realy at Fort MacArthur, Sept 16. The 24- hour relay and closing ceremony were held in recognition of National POW/MIA Appreciation Day, a time to remember those who were prisoners of war and those still missing in action. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Master Sgt. Carlos Martinez and Capt. Trey Smith carry the torch during the 21-mile run from Fort MacArthur. The relay route passed through residential neighborhoods and along the beach before ending up on the Los Angeles AFB track for the completion of the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay. (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

Master Sgt. Carlos Martinez and Capt. Trey Smith carry the torch during the 21-mile run from Fort MacArthur. The relay route passed through residential neighborhoods and along the beach before ending up on the Los Angeles AFB track for the completion of the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay. (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

Runners pass by the power plant and beach in El Segundo on the way to Los Angeles AFB during the 24-hour POW-MIA relay, Sept. 16.  Runners traveled 21 miles from Fort MacArthur in San Pedro to Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo. The relay lasted 24-hours with personnel running through the night around the base's track. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners pass by the power plant and beach in El Segundo on the way to Los Angeles AFB during the 24-hour POW-MIA relay, Sept. 16. Runners traveled 21 miles from Fort MacArthur in San Pedro to Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo. The relay lasted 24-hours with personnel running through the night around the base's track. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Lt.  Grant Thomas passes the torch to Tiffney West during the 24-hour POW-MIA relay, Sept. 16 . (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

Lt. Grant Thomas passes the torch to Tiffney West during the 24-hour POW-MIA relay, Sept. 16 . (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

Runners carry the torch around the Los Angeles AFB track during the 24-hour POW-MIA relay, Sept 16. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners carry the torch around the Los Angeles AFB track during the 24-hour POW-MIA relay, Sept 16. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

As dusk falls, runners continue carrying the torch around the track, Sept. 16. The relay continued through the night, concluding at a 9 a.m. recognition ceremony, Sept. 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

As dusk falls, runners continue carrying the torch around the track, Sept. 16. The relay continued through the night, concluding at a 9 a.m. recognition ceremony, Sept. 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

The final runner carries the torch into the closing ceremony, Sept. 17.  The 24-hour torch relay and closing ceremony were held in recognition of National POW/MIA Appreciation Day, a time to remember those who were prisoners of war and those still missing in action. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

The final runner carries the torch into the closing ceremony, Sept. 17. The 24-hour torch relay and closing ceremony were held in recognition of National POW/MIA Appreciation Day, a time to remember those who were prisoners of war and those still missing in action. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A bugler from the Port of Los Angeles VFW post plays during the POW-MIA closing ceremony, Sept. 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A bugler from the Port of Los Angeles VFW post plays during the POW-MIA closing ceremony, Sept. 17. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A honor guard from the Port of Los Angeles VFW post stands at attention during the POW-MIA recognition ceremony, Sept. 17.  The honor guard members fired a 21-gun salute during the ceremony honoring POW's and those still missing in action. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A honor guard from the Port of Los Angeles VFW post stands at attention during the POW-MIA recognition ceremony, Sept. 17. The honor guard members fired a 21-gun salute during the ceremony honoring POW's and those still missing in action. (Photo by Joe Juarez)