VFW Aux­il­iary hosts can­dle­light cer­e­mony

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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.

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