Former POWs, widows honored at Fresno VA event

Eleven former prisoners of war, from World War II and the Korean War, and four widows were honored Thursday morning during a ceremony at the Veterans Administration hospital in central Fresno.

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day is nationally recognized as April 9. Organizers at the VA Central California Health Care System say honoring POWs is a time-honored tradition, and that there are fewer than 23,000 former POWs living today.

Thursday’s Fresno event included a short ceremony complete with “Amazing Grace” and taps from a bagpipe player honoring the commitment and sacrifices of 11 former POWs and four widows.