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Bloomfield POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony

BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) -

A ceremony in Bloomfield helped honor former prisoners of war.

People came out to the Bloomfield veterans cemetery for a memorial ceremony on National POW/MIA Remembrance Day.

They had a table ceremony to honor prisoners of war in each branch of the military.

The veterans said they are thankful for everyone who helped put on the event, and came out despite the rain.

"Just be able to be here is worth a whole lot to see all these people out here in this kind of weather, it inspires you," said Lewis Hillis, a former prisoner of war from Poplar Bluff.

"This is an important day I appreciate all the people coming out, there's not many ex- POW's here today so I felt really honored, I think there's a total of three of us here, so it's really an honor all those people come out for three guys,” said James Barber, a former prisoner of war.

Both of the men we talked to served in the Army.

Hillis said he was a prisoner of war for 919 days.

One former prisoner of war said he is able to talk about his experiences, but said it can be difficult for other veterans.

"This brings back old feelings, you know, it means a lot, I only have the strongest feelings for the guys that didn't get to come back,” said Barber.

"I'm just proud to be here I'm proud to be an American I'm proud I was able to do what little I could for my country,” said Hillis.
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