Western Technical College in La Crosse dedicates memorial to nation’s prisoners of war

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Western Technical College in La Crosse paid tribute to the nation’s prisoners of war, dedicating a memorial Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of veterans enroll at Western every year. School leaders installed the memorial to recognize their service and the service of others.

Marine Corps veteran Don Weber, whose father was a POW, was the featured speaker,

“I hope they know they actually stop by and actually think about their freedoms,” Weber said. “I always say every day is a gift and live it for the gift it is. We all have our challenging days, but still we have all these freedoms that parts of the world don’t enjoy and I hope these young students understand that.”

The memorial was installed in 2020, but the pandemic put the ceremony on pause until Tuesday.

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