Prisoner of War Museum – a special ceremony and Memorial Marker unveiling
will he hosted by THE RIDE HOME http://theridehome.com/
Forces, Americas longest held POW. http://pownetwork.org/bios/t/t030.htm
visit the above noted website. (full disclosure, I sit on the Board of
Directors). I urge you – if you are a former POW, to take advantage of
the tribute weekend, recognition, and camaraderie offered – TRH covers
room, tribute, banquet costs for you and a guest. You just have to
get there! It is a biker casual (jeans) weekend for POWs from ALL conflicts,
and families of those still missing, as well as families of those who now have
answers with remains having been returned.
“I call upon the people of the United States to join me in
honoring and remembering all former American prisoners of war and those missing
in action who valiantly served our great country. I also call upon Federal,
State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this
day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
POWs and MIA families, offering a recognition commensurate with their
extraordinary courage and valor, to increase the number of participants paying
tribute, and to increase public awareness and commitment that we will never
support this effort to recognize your brother, held captive just short of NINE
YEARS. This truly will be a moving tribute – deserved but not received –
as he lived tormented by his captivity, with his story ignored by media until
Americus to Andersonville, National Prisoner of War Museum, National Historical
Site and National Cemetery (former POWs CAN RIDE with an escort on bikes)
Thompson, Longest held American POW
Historic Site open for viewing & tours
(email me – firstname.lastname@example.org –
for full proposed weekend itinerary)
There is a beautiful POW/MIA memorial in OLD Andersonville, just across from
the prison grounds. It was dedicated last year and is itself, worth the trip.
If you have never been to Andersonville – do it now! It is an amazing part of
moments, or join “meet and greets” Thurs evening, ceremonies on
Friday that include a dinner, and a very moving, wonderful individual POW
recognition on Saturday followed by lunch.
is needed to cover the costs involved with hosting those that have sacrificed
so much. This is not a one time effort – but has a past – and will have a
future. Sponsors are needed. Corporate support is needed. Donations ARE tax
deductible. Participation is welcome.Friday morning, dinner (http://theridehome.com/heroesdinner.html —
NO tickets at door) and Sat recognition is open to all.
– honor deserved – and after 4 obits in my mail this week – there may not be a
“next year” for many of these former POWs.
Should have, could have, would have…. They returned with
honor – the least we can do now – is honor them.