Vietnam Veterans remembrance planned for Saturday

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The 69 soldiers still listed as prisoners of war or missing in action in Southeast Asia will be remembered at a special ceremony Saturday, December 11 at 1 p.m. at the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery.

During the 23rd Annual Christmas Remembrance, handmade red and white heart-shaped ornaments will be hung by family and friends on the blue spruce planted near the Memorial for this purpose.  Each ornament bears the name of one of the 69 Illinois POWs or MIAs.  Members of the general public may also bring a weatherproof ornament to hang on the tree.

Nan Wynn, retired Site Manager of Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, will be the emcee, and current Site Manager Candy Knox will read the POW/MIA names.  The Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus will provide Christmas music.  The color guard will be provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter # 534.  Chaplain S/Sgt Phillip Henning of the Illinois National Guard will give the invocation and benediction.  The event is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.