SFA-75 at POW
By Roy Cook
overcast skies lend a somber mood to this September 16, 2011 morning.
The 15 foot monument is covered in dark blue drape as we are all waiting
for the arrival of the honored guests: POW veterans from 1945 to today.
This day, listed in the dedication ceremony program as featured speakers,
are former officials and current officeholders of the National cemetery
and Veterans Affairs: Alonzo Padilla, Anthony Principi and Keynote speaker
of War San Diego Chapter 1 Commander Frank Burger, Tom Crosby, and Ralph
King announced the insertion of a time capsule and remembered those past
members and along with many attending members applauded the sculptor,
'Libration Moment' monument conveys the excitement, trepidation, exhilaration
and emotion of the liberation moment as the emaciated veteran steps out
of the darkness into the 'Sunshine of Freedom'. Remarkably, after the
unveiling of the monument the Sun breaks out of the clouds to add its
warmth to the day.
There were over 150 families and veterans attending this dedication of
the first monument on the grounds of the Miramar National Cemetery. In
support were the San Diego United Veterans Council and the American Indian
Warriors Association along with the Special Forces Association chapter
75 officers and members.
was an honorable occasion and opportunity to gratefully shake the hand
and talk to many WW II, Korea, Vietnam and USS Pueblo POWs'. A tip of
the Beret to them all!