Hillsboro High School honors POW and MIA in special Friday night ceremony

HILLSBORO, Mo. – A special night at Hillsboro High School Friday night honored prisoners of war and those missing.

There were moments designed to evoke emotion in viewers at Hillsboro High School’s first POW and MIA night.

Photos of those who served lined the field, crowds donned special shirts, bells rang and a helicopter flew over to mark the significance of the event.

An air of respect washed over the crowd as they discovered servicemen and servicemen who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

“People don’t realize that 82,000 are still missing, so it is important that our children understand that their freedom is not free and comes at a price,” said the principal of Hillsboro Middle School.

Hillsboro R-3 School District is the first and only POW / MIA designated campus in the country. The district’s goal is to raise awareness and educate students and the community about lost people.

One of the most famous heroes honored at the ceremony was aviator Michael Blassie.

A total of 14 bells are ringing in honor of Blassie’s 14 years at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“He served his country and he deserves his name. We believe it and that is why we fought so diligently to recognize it, ”said Michael Blassie’s sister.

Michael Blassie was a resident of St. Louis and a pilot during the Vietnam War. His remains were finally identified in 1998 through DNA testing.

He was transferred to Jefferson Barracks where his remains now rest near the POW and MIA museum in St. Louis.

Her younger sister, Patricia Blassie, and the rest of the Blassie family were given special name tags and football helmets for her heroism.

“We were overwhelmed by what we saw. We came here with ourselves and we come away with so much more, having met so many people engaged in the issue of POWs and IAMs and so many young people who care, ”said Patricia Blassie.

This dedication to ensuring that prisoners of war and IAM are never forgotten is the reason people applaud and pledge their allegiance to the flag so many fought for.

The school plans to hold other events like these during the remainder of the school year. They hope the more they do, the more people will keep the promise to never forget.

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