A Day for Remembrance: VFW hosts annual POW/MIA ceremony

Monty Jackson sings the national anthem as members of the Korean War Veterans Association post the colors. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

The O’Fallon VFW Post 805 Hall was packed for an emotional 26th annual POW/MIA ceremony. Veterans, active military members and civilians, plus four former Prisoners of War and families of those still listed as Missing in Action came together for the Scott POW/MIA Council Ceremony.

Geoffrey Bambic, founding member of the Scott POW/MIA Council spoke about the honor and sacrifice of each of those who have been imprisoned while serving their country, and said that there would be ceremonies until everyone listed as missing is brought home to their families.

Four men attending the ceremony were ex-POW’s. Robert Teichgraber and Wilbert “Vince” Rolves were both POW’s during World War II. Rolves, 93, an Oklahoma National Guard Veteran, was captured in Italy and imprisoned in Stalag 13D in Nuremberg from 1943 to 1945. Teichgraber, 97, a U.S. Army Air Forces Veteran, weighed 90 pounds when he was rescued by the British Army on April 19, 1945, 453 days after his B-24 was shot down.

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