A Permanent Place for POWs


Belle Harbor resident Brian Galazara is doing his part to ensure the prisoners of war and those missing in action, are never forgotten, by bringing awareness to those who pass through JFK Airport.

Lazara, a retired Army sergeant and a member of the Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post 272 in Rockaway Beach, began working as an American Airlines fleet service clerk at JFK Airport in 2016. On Veterans Day 2016, he set up a POW/MIA table in the employee break room, which sparked a lot of questions from those unfamiliar with the reason behind the fully set table, complete with a rose and an American Flag.

He was appointed veterans’ coordinator for Local 501 of the Transportation Workers Union (TWU) in 2017, and shortly after, the Veterans’ Committee put him in charge of creating a permanent POW/MIA table located at Gate 12 in Terminal 8 of JFK Airport. This gate is JFK’s veterans’ gate, which pays tribute to Medal of Honor Recipients.

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