P.O.W. AND M.I.A. Presentation Given on Saturday, June 23
BY KATHY SONNENFELT
Those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were honored Saturday at Bloomfield’s Freedom Hall with a tribute to all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.
The afternoon event was solemn and emotional as local veterans were memorialized.
Eldon Kronberg, son of POW Charles Kronberg, lit a candle in honor of Bloomfield Prisoner of War, his father, and three others Herb Jessen, Lyle Swatzke and Walter Wearne.
Several items were read aloud, including a letter that was written by a mother to her son, by Quartermaster Leslie Yule.
Commander Michael P. Hoffman read from the POW/MIA Ritual of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, referencing multiple items and their meaning. Adding to the emotional reading was Adjutant Chris Moline pointing to the specific items on the table.
Among the items on the table were a white table cloth for the purity of soldiers’ intentions, the U.S. flag for imprisoned or missing soldiers, white flowers for unselfish devotion, red ribbon for love of the U.S., salt for tears shed, and the Bible for strength. There were several other items that represented more tributes to the imprisoned and missing soldiers.
The POW and MIA tribute is an annual presentation by the Bloomfield VFW.