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Monument to Honor Former POWs and David Wheat

Updated: 04/24/2014 10:50 PM
Created: 04/24/2014 11:16 AM WDIO.com

Last fall, the idea to honor POWs from the Northland really got going, through the work of the Northland Veterans Services Committee.

John Marshall, the project chair of the "Commander David Wheat and the Prisoner of War Project," said that the plan is to install a monument that includes a bronze sculpture. 

"The sculpture will be of Commander Wheat. He'll be kneeling, with his hands behind his back, and looking up through a prison cell window. It's very powerful," Marshall said. 

Commander David Wheat spent 7 years and 4 months of his life in POW camps in Vietnam. 

"He's the most inspirational man I've ever met," Marshall said. 

Wheat told us he is grateful for the efforts behind this monument. His story will be told on panels surrounding the sculpture.

Also, the names of all Northland POWs will be listed on the monument.

The committee is still vetting spots for where the monument will eventually be. The hope is to dedicate it on February 20, 2015. That's the same day in 1973 that Wheat returned home to Duluth, after his POW days in Vietnam.

They've been fundraising for months now. A steak and salmon dinner is coming up on Saturday, May 3rd. You do need to buy tickets ahead of time. You can get them by calling the American Legion, at 218-628-1495.

The committee is still looking for silent auction items for that event.

Or if you'd like to make a donation:

Northland Veterans Services Committee

PO Box 161277

Duluth, MN 55816

For more information, please contact John Marshall, at jcmarsh1@charter.net

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