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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Monday, March 26, 2012

POW/MIA Traveling Memorial In Florissant, MO This Week

By Carmelo Turdo
The Traveling POW/MIA Exhibit, sponsored by the AMVETS Department of Missouri, is currently on display at the James J. Eagan Center in Florissant this week.  The exhibit features large panels containing memorials to Missouri residents killed or missing in our nation's armed conflicts.  Also included in the exhibit is the small table setting used in the POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony - a moving reminder of the contrast between the conditions of a prisoner of war and those of us still free in our own land.  Photo albums and diaries are also  available for the public to peruse and reflect upon the sacrifices of local veterans.  

Several St. Louis area residents are featured, namely Sergeant First Class Charles F. Prevedel and 1Lt. Michael J. Blassie, who were MIA for a significant period before being discovered and honored among the fallen.  U.S. Air Force A-37 pilot Lt. Blassie's remains were interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Vietnam War from 1984 until 1998, when they were identified and transferred to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery near his St. Louis home.   

If you are in the St. Louis area, visit the exhibit and then give a hearty "Thank You" to veterans you know or meet in the future.