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Van Meter Legion holds Prisoners of War Monument Dedication

Former prisoners of war gather for a photo during the Iowa Ex-Prisoners of War Monument Dedication in Van Meter June 7.
Former prisoners of war gather for a photo during the Iowa Ex-Prisoners of War Monument Dedication in Van Meter June 7.

The Van Meter American Legion Post 403 Reception Center was the site for the dedication of the Prisoner of War Monument Saturday, June 7.

Former POWs Larry Spencer and Carroll Bogard were speakers at the event.

Bogard stated, “The emotions are gone but the memories are still here.”

Spencer added, “Whether in solitary or a group – everyone’s experience is different. It was not a wasted experience. It enriched my life and gave me the opportunity to share the lessons learned.”

Refreshments were served following the dedication and attendees had the opportunity to visit the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

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