VFW Auxiliary hosts candlelight ceremony
The VFW Auxiliary of Post 411 Birdsboro held their sixth annual candlelight ceremony on Sept. 15 to remember all POW/ MIAs.
Colonel Laura McHugh was the guest speaker. She began her career by enlisting in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1986 and currently serves as the 213th Regional Support Group Commander in Allentown. McHugh shared a story of a soldier who went missing during WWII.
Remains of this soldier were found after 70 years. These remains were put in an American flag draped casket and buried in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors.
During the ceremony, former POW Vernon Kulp, who was a resident of Birdsboro, was honored. During WWII he was held prisoner in Limburg, Germany for four months. Vernon passed away at the age of 94 this year.
Kim Sterner read “the Loneliest Prayer” by Hardy Abbot and Jeff Edwards played “Amazing Grace” on the bag pipes.
Auxiliary members surrounded a small round table set for one symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner along against his oppressors. Each auxiliary member honored all POW/MIAs by explained the significance of the items on the table.
The ceremony concluded as all attendees proceeded outside with lit candles in hand as “Taps” was performed in front of the American flag by Jeff Edwards.
VFW Post 411 Auxiliary members with Jeff Edwards and Colonel Laura McHugh.
Marlene Wampole - President of VFW Post 411 Auxiliary, Colonel Laura McHugh, and Eleanor Myers - treasurer of VFW Post 411 Auxiliary.