POW/MIA Recognition Day observation at Andersonville National Historic Site
COLUMBUS, Ga. -
Andersonville National Historic Site is planning a remembrance of POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, September 20. Each year POW/MIA Recognition Day is held on the third Friday in September. According to the National Parks Service website, Camp Sumter at Andersonville held 45,000 Union soldiers during the Civil War, making it one of the largest Confederate military prisons of the war. Each year, the site invites visitors to come and reflect upon prisoners of war and those missing in action.
This year, the observance will feature a prisoner of war from the current generation, Iraq war veteran Shoshana Johnson. According to a release by Andersonville, Johnson's convoy was ambushed on March 23, 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She received a bullet wound to her ankle, causing injuries to both legs, and was captured along with several other members of her company as prisoners of war. House raids conducted by U.S. Marines resulted in the successful rescue of Johnson and six fellow POWs on the morning of April 13. Her military decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Prisoner of War Medals.
Johnson will share her story Friday from 10 a.m. to Noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT at Andersonville National Historic Site.
She will also be the featured guest during a special program at the Rylander Theater in Americus on Thursday evening. That program begins at 7 p.m. EDT.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free.