Table serves as reminder of prisoners of war and those missing in action
There are still many thousands of servicemen and women who are currently prisoners of war or missing in action, which is why the Minot State Veterans Club, in cooperation with Minot State University and Sodexo food services, have added a remembrance table to Beaver Creek Café on campus.
“In times of reflection what do we look to hope for? Where do we find strength? I would argue it is in the memories of those that we believe did what is right against odds and in the face of war. It is the memory of our POWs and MIAs that remind us to keep going, to keep pushing, and to keep fighting because in their memory we find the singular bond that ties all men and women in uniform—the call to defend our nation’s freedom,” Minot Air Force Base Chaplain Captain Raines said at the ceremony.
The table dedication earlier this month serves as an education tool for students.
“It is to raise awareness of the fact that people have gone to conflicts of our nation and have not returned or may have been held captive,” Andy Heitkamp, Minot State Veteran Center director, said.
The table is also a reminder of the sacrifice that people have made that allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. The event was officiated by Heitkamp and Veterans Club President Dakota Brekhus. Distinguished speakers included MSU President Steven Shirley, Sodexo general manager Patrick Friley, and Raines from the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing.
In addition, Norm McCloud presented a flag to the Veterens Club. McCloud is the Northwest Area Serivce Director from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's office. The flag once flew over the White House.
The table display, along with a written description of the display, will be available to review during regular Beaver Creek Café hours.