Event will remember, honor sacrifices of veterans

Capt. Charlie Plumb was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 6 years and was released in 1973.

Capt. Charlie Plumb was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 6 years and was released in 1973.

It is never too late to thank a veteran and pay respect for his or her sacrifice.

Since 2003, a key group of Jefferson City residents has worked together to bring a variety of welcome home-type events for soldiers both before and after deployments.

Pat Rowe Kerr and her husband, John, are among the coordinators of the past events and are spearheading the 1 p.m. Dec. 10, “It’s never too late to thank and welcome them home” event at First United Methodist Church.

This event will feature retired Capt. Charlie Plumb. Plumb spent 6 years - 2,103 days - as a prisoner of war during Vietnam. Those years were spent in Communist prison camps, where Plumb quickly became known for his positive attitude and expertise in underground communication.

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When he returned home in 1973, Plumb thought no one would want to hear his story, especially since his fellow soldiers had received such a dismal welcome home.

It was after agreeing to a hospital interview during recovery that Plumb realized people did want to hear his story and by hearing the story of his triumph he may be able to help others.

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