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LOCAL EX-POWs BACK ARMED FORCES MUSEUM AND MONUMENT

posted Mar 2, 2011, 3:08 PM by AFMAC Support   [ updated Mar 2, 2011, 9:08 PM by Kathleen Wilsbach ]
The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) welcomes an exciting new addition to the building plan. The proposed memorial created by Roger Reimann of Zoma Communications, is a stand-alone monument dedicated to all POW/MIAs for all American wars and conflicts. The 20’ tall obelisk monument will be erected in front of the museum and will become the symbolic cornerstone for all who served and sacrificed.

The Charlotte Metrolina Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, headed by Commander Ed Halliburton, brought this idea to the AFMAC directors in 2010. The Chapter currently has nine veterans – all POWs during World War II. Their stories of heroism and sacrifice merit such a monumental acknowledgement, and, AFMAC is grateful for the opportunity to support the Charlotte Metrolina American Ex-Prisoners of War Chapter and provide them a permanent home in the museum.

Bill Dixon, AFMAC president, said “This additional monument will pay tribute to the Americans who never returned home from combat and to those that faced terrible suffering as prisoners of war in foreign lands. This will be a reminder to all who see the monument that freedom is not free.”

The POWs have agreed to share their real life events that truly shaped American history. They have also agreed to provide personal items they collected during WWII, so that they can be on display at the Armed Forces Museum in Mint Hill, NC. AFMAC invites individuals, VFW and American Legions posts, civic organizations and corporations to get involved. AFMAC needs your help to complete this important heritage project that will be unique to our region as it promises to be a place of honor, preservation and education.

For additional information, please check our Web site at www.visitafmac.org.
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