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VFW and Legion Honor National POW/MIA Day and Vietnam Vets

On Friday evening, Sept. 15, thanks to the efforts of members of the Edmonds Veterans Plaza Committee, an observance was held to honor POWs, MIAs and Vietnam Veterans at the Plaza.

Three excellent speakers highlighted each of those groups of Veterans.

Joe Crecca, a USAF aviatorPOWs:

Joe Crecca, a USAF aviator and resident of the infamous “Hanoi HIlton” represented the Prisoners of War. Joe, who has spoken at a Post meeting in the past, described in detail his experience from the shoot down of his aircraft, through the long tortuous years in Hanoi to his release and return to “the World” at the end of US participation in the war.

Mike Reagan honoring James MorelandMIAs:

Our own Mike Reagan followed honoring James Moreland, an Army Special Forces medic, who was listed as MIA for many years, but whose remains were finally found and brought home for burial. Mike presented one of his special “Fallen Hero” portraits of James to his sister Linda Moreland Brown of Yelm and to Kathy Strong, of Walnut Creek, CA, who wore Moreland’s MIA bracelet for the entire 38 years he was missing. Strong attended Moreland’s funeral, and left the MIA bracelet pinned to his uniform for burial. .

 

Hugo on the bagpipesThanks to Hugo Mackay (pictured at left) on the bagpipes and the talents of buglers Chris Edwards and Debbie Dawson, the event was opened with the music of the pipes and ended with the stirring echo version of Taps provided by our buglers. Chris Edwards and Debbie Dawson. Chris also arrangeded and led the Washington National Guard color guard to provide the opening flag ceremonies.

 

Post 8870 Chaplain Dan Doyle a USN CorpsmanVietnam Veterans:

Post 8870 Chaplain Dan Doyle, a USN Corpsman attached to the Fleet Marine Force, who served with the Marines at the infamous Khe San siege, followed Mike. Both Mike and Dan spoke movingly of their experiences in Vietnam and represented the Vietnam Veterans being honored for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Following our speaker’s presentations, three Gold Star Mothers assisted Post leadership in awarding 50th Anniversary Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to each of the large number of Veterans of that conflict who were present.

Welcome home Brothers, welcome home.

POW/MIA Day and Vietnam Vets

POW/MIA Day and Vietnam Vets

National POW/MIA Day Observance

Mark your calendar.

I’m sure everyone knew Friday, 15 September is National POW/MIA day.  Our comrades at VFW Post 8870/American Legion Post 66 are having a program commemorating this day and honoring all those who were POWs and those who went but never came back.  Let’s mass at the newly dedicated City of Edmonds Veterans Plaza and help pay tribute to our brothers and sisters in arms.

This tribute begins at 6:30pm, the address is 250 5th Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020, and it is located adjacent to the Edmonds Public Safety Building.

Guest speakers will be Joe Crecca, a POW in the Hanoi Hilton; Dan Doyle, Navy Corpsman at Khe Sanh; and a special presentation of a portrait to the family of an Army MIA, Vietnam War, whose remains were recovered.  Following that, we will be giving 50th Anniversary Pins to all Vietnam veterans attending the program.

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Traner at jtraner@tranersmith.com

Thanks and hope to see you there.