Each year on the third Friday of September, Detachment 250 commemorates National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Day. The entire day is dedicated to honoring and remembering those men and women who have yet to return home. Early morning of POW/MIA day, a group of cadets travels to the Iowa statehouse in Des Moines to begin the memorial POW/MIA run. During the run, our national flag and the POW/MIA flag will be continuously carried nearly 35 miles from the capitol to Iowa State University.

Back at the university in the Gold Star Hall in the Memorial Union, members of the honor guard will stand guard at a memorial display throughout the day, reminding students of the sacrifices of previous servicemen and women. Finally at the close of business, all of Detachment 250 forms up on central campus to conduct a Retreat ceremony at the campus flag pole. POW/MIA day is an important way to for us to ensure that our country’s missing heroes are never forgotten.