A Remembrance Day event is planned at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center.

Veterans, their families and the general public are invited to honor former POWs and remember the MIAs Friday at 11 a.m. in the theater building, 77 Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla. The special guest speaker is former Cmdr. Laurence (Larry) Friese of the U.S. Navy.

He served during Vietnam and was a prisoner of war for 1,842 days. Friese was taken prisoner Feb. 28, 1968, and released during Operation Homecoming March 14, 1973. An excerpt from his Silver Star citation reads: “Despite the fact that he was consistently maltreated and subjected to severe cruelties, Captain Friese refused to cooperate with his captors in any manner.”

Special thanks go to AMVETS Post #1111 for setting up the “Missing Man Table,” which symbolizes members are missing. A light lunch will be served by the American Red Cross of Central and Southeastern Washington and Walla Walla VA’s Voluntary Service is providing cake and drinks.

For more information, contact Linda Wondra at 509-525-5200 or linda.wondra@va.gov.

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