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Jun 14, 2010 9:33 PM by Matt Stafford

Sneak peak of exhibit honoring WWII POWs

In Colorado Springs, World War II vets are honoring Flag Day by paying tribute to some flags from their generation, one that paved the way for the flags that we salute today.

The flag has been the banner of many generations of American soldiers, but flags being put on display at the Pioneers Museum will tell the story of one specific group; those who fought and served as prisoners in World War II. It's a new exhibit, opening in July, on the experience of American prisoners of war. It's called, "So Far From Home: The American POW Experience in WWII.

It's a display Jesse Boyd wanted a look at, being a veteran of the war. He showed up in full uniform to honor his brothers in arms.

"The same size that I wore 65 years ago." Boyd says.

That time may be distant in memory, but the thoughts will never fade.

"The men that we had here today (the former prisoners of war), they went through a heck of a lot," Boyd says.

"It's traumatic because all of the sudden you've lost control of your whole life." says Chuck Blaney a WWII prisoner of war, as he tries to explain what it's like to be taken captive.

Though the stories may be tough to tell, they are memories and lessons the soldiers and their families want passed on. For guys like Blaney, they feel exhibits like this one help us to keep remembering.

As for what that memory is, that depends on who's telling it to you. For many, what they want you to remember is not what they did, but what they did it for.

"If they remember just one little thing about my past and what I've turned out to be is that I've been blessed," says Boyd.

Blessed to fight for the red, white and blue, but also blessed to have those still fighting for it today.

A small part of this exhibit can be viewed through the week. The full showing begins July 17th at the Pioneers Museum during regular business hours.

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