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June 15, 2017
29th Anniversary of the Vigil
24th Anniversary of the Freedom Ride

We look forward to having everyone join us for the POW/MIA vigil at Hesky Park in Meredith.

Jerry Greenwood from the VetCenter is at Hesky Park June 15th and June 16th doing veteran outreach...Stop by and say hello.

We are honored to announce our guest speaker is Maj. Gen. William Reddel, the adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard.

Rolling Thunder NH1 will be assisting with the lineup at Lowe’s. Anyone riding should plan on being at Lowe's, 1407 Lake Shore Road [formerly K-Mart Plaza] in Gilford. Plan on being there by *6:00pm ~ lineup is at 6:00pm and we will be leaving the parking lot by 6:15pm with a state trooper escort down route 3 to “The Rock” Hesky Park. We need to arrive at Hesky Park and be prepared for the start of the vigil at 7:00pm.

The New Hampshire Army National Guard will be joining us in support of the Northeast POW/MIA Network Freedom Ride. The National Guard Humvee will be the last vehicle in the ride following the parade of bikes to Meredith, NH.

* If you are riding with a group we ask that you arrive with the group and fall into the line up ~ we will not allow bumping in the line for safety reasons.

*No vehicles other than the humvee will be allowed to be in with the motorcycles.

We ride for the following......

WWII NH Prisoners Who Died in Captivity
Ash, Wesley
Balukevicuis, Waldo
Bodnar, Stanley, L. 
Brokenshire, Herbert C. 
Browne, Charles J. 
Chase, Robert P. 
Corcoran, James L. 
Corliss, Irving A. 
Crandall, Robert W. 
Cuss, John A. 
Douglass, Francis M.
Edwards, Houston E.
Falardeau, Robert C. 
Gay, Burt C. 
Gervais, Joseph F.
Gilbert, James W.
Hall, George W. 
Hall, Robert S. 
Henson, Dudley A. 
Hodgkins, Jr., Ray K. 
Leighton, Harry R.
Lemelin, Albert L. 
Lund, Elliott R. 
Marston, William H. 
Maynard, Roland J. 
McLaughlin, Patrick T. 
Nourse, Jonas E. 
Packard, Henry H. 
Papienuk, Adolph S. 
Pease, Jr., Harl
Picard, James J. 
Pierce, Charles R. 
Pineau, Austin J. 
Prescott, Paul H.
Rivet, Louis J. 
Rush, Douglass B.
Ryder, John F.
St. Laurent, Joseph N. 
Stearns, Frederick A. 
Sullivan, Josheph A. 
Young, Peter M.

Korean War NH Prisoners Who Died in Captivity
Ashley, Francis W. 
Botsford, Philip A. 
Charles, Madison F. 
Curley, Jr., George A. 
Dick, Myron G. 
Dubay, Gerald L.J. 
Dunham, Leland R. 
Fleming, Frederick E. 
Fletcher, Robert S.
Frazier, Reginald E. 
Hesseltine, Jr., Herbert A. 
Jordan, Paul H. 
Pelletier, Joseph N. (Remains Returned)
Richard, Elmer P. (Remains Returned)
Ritter, Wallace F. 
Robillard Joseph A. 
Sidney, Alfred H. 
Tremblay, Aurel

NH Vietnam POW

Badolati, Frank N.
Mulleavey, Quinten E.
Alloway, Clyde D.
Sullivan, Robert J.
Page, Jr., Albert L.  
Helmich, Robert G.
Stickney, Philip J. Remains Returned)
Burnett, Sheldon J. (Remains Returned)

Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return. ~ Colin Powell

Northeast POW/MIA Network
Ride Safe!

"As an American asked to serve, I was prepared to fight,
to be wounded,
to be captured and even prepared to die,
but I was not prepared to be abandoned."

(Former POW Eugene "Red" McDaniel - Source:

Have YOU contacted your legislative leaders concerning the terminology?

Have YOU asked them to account for our POW/MIAs?
Information can be found on the website:

Past Freedom Rides

Please take a few moments today, to remember our missing soldiers, and those held as prisoners of war. Attend a ceremony in your area. Say a prayer for POWs and MIAs. Also, write to your senators and congressman to urge continued and increased effort towards bringing every service man and woman home. POW Recognition Day History

As time goes on remains are found
And another finds his way back home
After years spent lost on foreign shores
Feeling forgotten and left all alone.

But they will never be forgotten
By the Country they went off to serve
We will search until all are returned
To loved ones, the least they all deserve.

There are new ways to identify
DNA can tell, just who they may be
Those lost in those past conflicts
A Hero home, their final destiny.

War is so terrible and horrific
Worse for the POW and the MIA
All of those unaccounted for
Compounds the price they chose to pay.

Each year, we should all remember
Those we lost in the fog of War
Better yet, take a moment every day
While we appreciate what they fought for.

POW/MIA Recognition Day
Dedicated to honor their memory
For the time or life they gave
To keep this, 'The Land of the Free'.

Del 'Abe' Jones

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

When : Third Friday of September

POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.

The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was July 18, 1979. It was the result of resolutions passed in Congress. The first national ceremony was held on this date. Over the next several years, it was held in varying dates of the year. Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the third Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs. This date was selected, as it is not associated with any wars. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.

Did you know? Federal law requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown on the following days:

Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May
Memorial Day
Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
POW/MIA Day, 3rd Friday of September
Veterans Day, Nov. 11

You will also notice the POW/MIA flag flown at all US Post office buildings, Veterans Administration, military memorial facilities, and many U.S. government buildings.

Please take a few moments today, to remember our missing soldiers, and those held as prisoners of war. Attend a ceremony in your area. Say a prayer for POWs and MIAs. Also, write to your senators and congressman to urge continued and increased effort towards bringing every service man and woman home. POW Recognition Day History

Weekly POW/ MIA Vigil ~ Meredith NH

When: Every Thursday evening
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Heskey Park, Meredith, NH
Longest running continuous vigil in America.
Location is the POW Memorial in Hesky Park, Meredith NH for additional information

Monthly POW/MIA VIGIL ~ Manchester, NH

When: 1st Wednesday of every month. 
Time: 7:00pm  
Where: Veterans Park on Elm Street

Weekly POW/MIA Vigil ~ Fair Haven, Vermont
When: Every Thursday evening
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Veteran's Memorial Park

We must NEVER forget!


We are a completely volunteer organization, veterans and non-veterans, using awareness, communication, education, legislation, and compassion to assuage the pain associated with one of the most devastating outcomes of service to one’s Country. As we honor POW/MIAs, returned and still waiting to come home, we aggressively pursue means to return the missing and protect those serving.
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