POW/MIA flag-raising set

Members of Ladewig Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 and World’s Cheese Center Post 5612 Veterans of Foreign Wars will gather at the Plymouth City Hall flagpole (corner of Smith and East Main streets) Thursday, April 9 at 8 a.m. to present a brief program to honor Prisoner of War Remembrance Day.

It was 73 years ago (April 9, 1942) that General Edward King surrendered American troops and Philipino nationals to the Japanese on the Philippine Island peninsula at Bataan.

While the exact number will never be known, it is estimated that somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 were surrendered and participated in what became known as the Bataan Death March.

Against Gen. Wainwright’s orders, and fearing annihilation if the American troops were to engage the Japanese forces, King surrendered the troops believing the Geneva accords would allow for humane treatment.

To honor and remember the tremendous courage of these brave individuals, Post Commanders Gene Blindauer of the American Legion and Jake Henschel of the VFW will affix and hoist the black and white National League of Families Prisoner of War/Missing In Action flag to the city flagpole.

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