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Release Date: 3/2/18
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Lee County NJROTC and US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band to Perform at POW Museum Event
Event to occur at Andersonville National Historic Site on Sunday, April 8, 2018
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – Performances by the Lee County High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) Band will be among the special programs offered on Sunday, April 8th, at Andersonville National Historic Site in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the National Prisoner of War Museum.
Former prisoners of war (POWs) from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and other conflicts will gather, along with hundreds of veterans and visitors, at Andersonville National Historic Site to commemorate the only national museum dedicated to preserving and sharing their stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice for their country. Since opening in April 1998, the National POW Museum has helped over 2.6 million visitors better understand the experiences of American POWs from the Revolutionary War to today.
Activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a performance of patriotic music by a 20-piece ceremonial band from the U.S. Army MCoE. A commemorative ceremony at 2:00 p.m. will feature U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop and three former POWs. Colonel (ret) David Eberly was a fighter pilot and the senior allied POW of the 1991 Gulf War. Captain (ret) Bill Robinson, shot down over Vietnam and held for over 7 years, was the longest-held enlisted POW in American history. Sy Lichtenfeld was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and held prisoner by the Germans during World War II. Each will share their incredible and inspiring story during our commemorative ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Lee County NJROTC Armed Drill Team will demonstrate their command of the rifle and unwavering teamwork.
Other planned activities include a presentation by Major Nicholas Holten, Commander of the U.S. Army Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School, a flyover of military aircraft, and display of a UH-1 Huey helicopter. All activities are free and open to the public.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/ Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS
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