Fredericksburg VFW 7105 remembers POWs, MIAs
FORMER PRISONER OF WAR Jack Ledford spoke about the harsh conditions he and many others faced during the Korean War. Ledford was the guest speaker at the Fredericksburg VFW Post 7105’s POW/MIA ceremony on Sept. 27. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
By Richard Zowie— It was a solemn ceremony to remember two types of members of the United States’ armed forces: those who have been prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
Fredericksburg VFW Post 7105 served as host on Friday, Sept. 27 for this year’s POW/MIA Ceremony.
Serving as guest speaker was Jack Ledford, a U.S. Army veteran who spent a year and a half in the Korean War as a prisoner of war.
Ledford spoke of his experiences and hardships in the Korean War, which included subzero temperatures and scarce food.
The ceremony also featured a table set for one to memorialize those still missing in action. Among the many symbolisms at the table was a slice of lemon to remind of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in foreign lands, and an inverted glass to symbolize their inability to share with stateside Americans in today’s activities.
The table was set by two members of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division: Specialists Patrick Ibbotson and Jesse Emmanuel Garza.