BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Bath VA Medical Center held a special ceremony on Friday to honor and recognize Prisoners of War still living in the area. The event included a private luncheon for POW's in the region. It lines up with the national POW/MIA recognition holiday, which is celebrated on the third September of each year. 

Five local POW's from WWII were given a rose to honor their sacrifice to protect our country. 

"Our history is very important to our young and  old and we have to remember and be diligent and always remember those that have served and sacrificed so much for us, many of them who did not come home, they're still missing in action. And many of them were prisoners of war in different eras, so it's important for us to remember our veterans and the services they provide our freedom for us," says Lynn Dinehart, Voluntary Service Manager at the Bath VA.

"The ceremony and the people here and the volunteers here are fantastic. They put a great program on, something to honor us, for what we did seventy some years ago. We appreciate it and look forward to it every year," says Donald Brill, a former Army Sgt. 

During the event, the Director of the Chemung County Historical Society shared the information about the history of Elmira POW camp and historical military activities which happened there.