St. Louis, Missouri 2021-09-24 22:59:00 –
Hillsboro, Missouri (KMOV.com)-The Hillsboro R-3 School District reminds me of a soldier who was taken prisoner at Festus High School before the match on Friday and was classified as an operational soldier because of the lack of a body. It took a long time. found.
“It was really just emotional, and I thought it was great,” said student Addison Ginary.
At the ceremony, the names of Missouri prisoners of war and MIA soldiers were read aloud, and bells rang for each.
Recently, Hillsboro became the first school district in the country to be designated as a POW / MIA designated campus by the Jefferson Barracks POW / MIA Museum. Scott Reednoor, Principal of Hillsboro Junior High School, was the driving force behind the effort to hold the ceremony for designation.
“It’s important because many prisoners of war have passed and many have died in prisoner-of-war camps, and children need to understand the ultimate sacrifice they have been given. And they die completely and abandon their identities. The prisoners of war, they lacked action. “
The school district has begun adding lessons on POWs and MIA to its curriculum.
Honorary guests at the ceremony on Friday night were Lieutenant Michael Brassie’s three sisters and one brother. A fighter pilot from St. Louis was shot down in Vietnam in 1972. Several bodies were found at his crash site, but were not identified as Brassie’s for 26 years.
“It was very, very difficult for our family, for those who didn’t know the rest of the story, especially for our mother. She lived with it every day,” says Patricia Brassie. I did.
For 14 years, Brassie’s remains were kept in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1998, the family urged the military to re-examine the body, and thanks to advances in DNA testing, a positive identification was made. Brassie’s body was buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Brothers Brassie thanked the ceremony at Hillsboro High School.
“We knew it would be special, but we didn’t know to the extent that the school made a commitment,” Patricia Brassie said.
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