POW Day recognized Thibodeau family

Special to the EagleHerald

Bill LeFebvre Jr., Jody Burmeister, Amy Thibodeau, Ron and Jean Helgerson, Don and Carol Mick and Helen Thibodeau are pictured with a newly donated American Flag as recognition for National POW Day.


National POW Day was recognized Sept. 18.

Drees Community Center held a POW ceremony honoring the late David Thibodeau, his wife Helen Thibodeau donated an American Flag in honor of her late husband, David.

Thibodeau became a prisoner of war in the Huertgen Forest battle about a month before the German Ardennes attack called The Battle of Bulge. He was in various German POW camps up to May 8, 1945, when the Germans surrendered.

He was at home on leave for two extended periods before joining the 5th Infantry Division and received his Honorable Discharge Nov. 30, 1946, as a Corporal.

In addition to the national-level ceremony, observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities.

No matter where they are held, these National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.