POW/MIA remembrance

Troy VFW Post 5514 members held a recognition event to pay tribute to those missing in action or held a prisoners of war on Friday, Sept. 21.

The event was held at 5 p.m. at the VFW hall on National POW/MIA day which is typically the third Friday in September.

2018’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day was proclaimed nationally by President Trump, and at the state Level by Governor Bullock.

Bullock said in his recognition document, “Montana has a long tradition of military service and Montanans serve at a per capita rate higher than almost every other state. As of 2017, more than 91 thousand veterans live here in Montana, accounting for nearly 12 percent of Montana’s population Sadly, too many veterans never make it home, leaving their families to live each day wondering what happened.”

During the VFW Post 5514’s event, a blessing and pledge of allegiance were followed by readings, and flowers and a wreath being placed on a table. A flag was also presented to Marge Priest, Auxiliary Conductress and widow of  former Post 5514 Commander Bud Priest.

Other Auxiliary members participated in the annual observance as well, they included Auxiliary President Francine Ninneman, Sr. Vice, Arlene Peterson, Linda Thompson, and Connie Toironen.

According to Mark Olson, “As veterans, it is our honor to provide a remembrance dedication to those prisoners of war and those missing in action that aren’t with us.”

The post is also planning a free CPR class and suicide prevention event in coordination with emergency services for mid-October.

Following the POW MIA recognition, the Post’s officers pose for a photo. From left to right: VFW Post 5514 Commander, Dan Savage, Sr. Vice, Mike Casey, Jr. Vice, Bill LaFrance, Chaplin, Tom Rowe, Quarter Master, Jerry Erickson, and Service Officer, Mark Olson.