Local VFW Ladies Auxiliary observe POW/MIA Day Sept. 20
POCAHONTAS—The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4556 paid special tribute to the prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) Friday morning, Sept. 20, at the Randolph County Courthouse in observance of National POW/ MIA Recognition Day.
Established by an Act of Congress, the special day is formally observed each year on the third Friday of September and is one of only six days the POW/ MIA Flag is flown.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary members Kathy Segraves, Kathy Dust, Hazel Allison, Barbara Grimsby and Verna Guntharp helped organize the event in effort to bring awareness to the local public and keep the soldiers’ memory alive. Segraves said although this year marks their first year hold the event, they now plan to do it on an annual basis.
Setting up outside on the courthouse steps Friday, the ladies had on display the POW/ MIA Remembrance Table, a special table dedicated to Hazel Allison’s late veteran husband, and the POW/MIA Flag. Hazel said her late husband, Bill Allison, served in the Korean War and was a POW. He also helped spearhead the soldier memorial project at the courthouse.
“That was his dream to do the memorial that sits in front of the courthouse and selling the bricks to see it got built,” said Hazel. “He got to do that before he passed away.”
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