Army Capt. Barnes’ story will continue to be told
I am thankful for your coverage of Whitehall High School’s recognition of MIA veteran Charles Barnes at the Sept. 6 football game. Notable in the story was Jon Wieand, another local veteran, whose wish was a story like Charles Barnes’ becomes classroom conversation.
I can assure him it has, for years. Charles Barnes, known in my family as “Sonny,” was my uncle.
As a teacher in the Northern Lehigh School District for 13 years, I have had a POW-MIA flag hanging on the wall since day one. It has always become a great conversation starter, so kids learn what that flag means.
I tell the story of how my Uncle Sonny’s partial remains were found shortly after my dad’s (his brother) death in 2011. Paul Carpenter, former Morning Call columnist, detailed the research done by local historian Lewis Schmidt, which aided in the locating of the plane wreck.
It is comforting to know that my uncle came home, and I am thankful for Wieand, Bob Hartman (Whitehall athletic director) and the district for honoring my uncle and other veterans.
Christopher Barnes Heidelberg Township