Community Interest

Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Watchfire Ceremony in Saint Charles

 The only Watchfire recognition event in the State of Missouri 

St. Charles, MO – In honor of National POW/MIA Day, the Saint Charles Veterans Commission is hosting a POW-MIA Recognition Watchfire Ceremony at 6:30pm on Friday, September 18th at Veterans Memorial Bishop’s Landing. The event, known as a Watch Fire, is a long-standing tradition that symbolizes the hope that all of America’s soldiers held as prisoners of war and those missing in action will find their way home to their loved ones. 

“The City of Saint Charles is pleased to provide the only watchfire recognition ceremony in the State of Missouri,” says Mayor Dan Borgmeyer. “As a Vietnam combat veteran, I am honored to assist with this ceremony to help memorialize my fellow veterans and honor their courage and sacrifice.” 

The Saint Charles Fire Department will be present to supervise the lighting and burning of the watchfire and the Patriot Guard Riders will also be in attendance. This event is rain or shine. Everyone is welcome to attend; however, those attending will have to provide their own lawn chairs for seating. The City of Saint Charles also requests you maintain social distancing from other attendees and wear a mask, if possible.