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POW MIA Torch Relay Held

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. James Jenkins, sector commander and captain of the Port for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach, far left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Whitney, Senior Material leader, GPS User Equipment Division at Space and Missile Systems Center, far right, light the torch at the POW/MIA 24-Hour Relay opening ceremony, Sept. 18. The sixth annual event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. James Jenkins, sector commander and captain of the Port for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach, far left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Whitney, Senior Material leader, GPS User Equipment Division at Space and Missile Systems Center, far right, light the torch at the POW/MIA 24-Hour Relay opening ceremony, Sept. 18. The sixth annual event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)

The first runner starts the POW/MIA 24-Hour relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Sarah Corrice.)

The first runner starts the POW/MIA 24-Hour relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Sarah Corrice.)

Runners cross the Vincent Thomas bridge during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base, San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners cross the Vincent Thomas bridge during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base, San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners pass by the Cabrillo Marina during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners pass by the Cabrillo Marina during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners run along the coast during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners run along the coast during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners run along the coast during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners run along the coast during the 24-hour POW-MIA torch relay run, Sept. 18. The event sponsored by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council began at Terminal Island Coast Guard Base in San Pedro and concludes 54 miles later at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

The torch is passed to the first team to run on base, Sept. 18.  (Photo by Joe Juarez)

The torch is passed to the first team to run on base, Sept. 18. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

The runners arrive on base for the overnight run, Sept. 18.  (Photo by Joe Juarez)

The runners arrive on base for the overnight run, Sept. 18. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners begin the overnight run around the track, Sept. 18.  (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners begin the overnight run around the track, Sept. 18. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Runners enter the Schriever Courtyard during the ceremony, which culminated the 24-hour run. (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Runners enter the Schriever Courtyard during the ceremony, which culminated the 24-hour run. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Rifles are stacked in the Schriever Courtyard during the wreath laying ceremony. (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Rifles are stacked in the Schriever Courtyard during the wreath laying ceremony. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

A wreath is placed to honor POWs and MIAs.  (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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A wreath is placed to honor POWs and MIAs. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

Members of the Los Angeles South Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars fire a 21-gun salute during the ceremony.  (Photo by Joe Juarez)
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Members of the Los Angeles South Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars fire a 21-gun salute during the ceremony. (Photo by Joe Juarez)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The sixth Annual POW/MIA Torch Relay kicked off with an opening ceremony and the start of the torch relay at the Coast Guard base on Terminal Island, Sept 18. The torch will be carried on a 24-hour, 54-mile journey before arriving at a concluding ceremony held at Los Angeles AFB, Sept. 19.

Following the conclusion of the torch relay, military leaders, service members, civilians and local community leaders participated in a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony in the SMC Schriever Space Complex Courtyard.