posted Sep 23, 2011, 7:59 PM by AFMAC Support
In observance of the National POW/MIA Recognition Day on September 16, the Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) was presented with a bronze plaque by the Charlotte Metrolina Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. The plaque honors all Prisoners of War and those Americans still missing in action.
The vision for a commemorative plaque was realized in 2010, when the Charlotte Metrolina Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, headed by Commander Ed Halliburton, presented their idea of a POW/MIA memorial to the museum’s directors and Roger Reimann of Zoma Communications. Nine enthusiastic and determined WWII ex-POWs along with Zoma Communications worked together on the design and casting of the large bronze plaque.
The event, held at the Plantation Estates in Matthews, NC, featured the Presentation of the Colors, singing of the National Anthem, remarks by AFMAC President Bill Dixon, the history of the Metrolina Chapter and its members, and the unveiling of the plaque by Brigadier General Iwan Clontz. Brigadier General Clontz, recent commander of the North Carolina Air National Guard and a Charlotte native, addressed the audience about the POW/MIA national recognition day, commemorated on the third Friday of September. General Clontz said, "I am humbled to be in the same room with these brave men who survived their capture and imprisonment by the enemy while serving our country during WWII."
Also present at the event were Robert Becker from Congresswoman Sue Myrick's office; James Taylor, Mayor of Matthews; Duane Gardner, Mayor of Waxhaw; Nancy Moore, Commissioner of Matthews, who also sang the national anthem; Harley Ellinger, President of the Metrolina Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Col. Bill Reid from the Korean War Veterans Association; and Tina Ross, Commissioner of Mint Hill.
The plaque will be part of AFMAC’s traveling exhibit and will eventually be permanently displayed at the museum upon its opening in Mint Hill, slated for 2013.