Honoring and remembering all POW/MIAs

The Deer River POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony took place on Sept. 20 at the Deer River Vets Club after the approximately 103-mile ride. Taking part in this observance were Mike O’Claire, in the forefront, and Dave Daigle. Photo by Louise H. McGregor
The Deer River POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony took place on Sept. 20 at the Deer River Vets Club after the approximately 103-mile ride. Taking part in this observance were Mike O’Claire, in the forefront, and Dave Daigle. Photo by Louise H. McGregor

by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer

There were more than 50 military veterans that signed up at the Deer River Vets Club on Sept. 20 to take part in the 13th Annual POW/MIA Recognition Day ride to honor and remember those individuals.

Taking part in the ride and the following ceremony were members of the American Legion Post 122, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2720, Chapter I American Legion Riders and other military organizations from various locations.

“We changed the route slightly,” said American Legion Riders Membership Director/Ride-Run Coordinator Doug Bourquin, “to avoid the sales going on along Highway 38 today.”

The new route went from Deer River along Highway 6 to County Road (CR) 14 to Bigfork, then the riders would take Scenic 7 to CR 50 and then go on CR 49 to CR 60. “Then,” said Bourquin, “we would jump across 38 to CR 19 and take that back to Highway 6 and head back to Deer River. It will be about a 103-mile ride.”

On the return of the riders several of them could be heard thanking Bourquin and American Legion Riders Director Ross Hogate for the beautiful ride.

“Especially along 49 and 50,” said Bourquin. “It was a curvy ride there and the leaves are turning.”

The POW/MIA ceremony took place shortly after the riders’ return to Deer River. Club Honor Guard Commander Dave Daigle was the speaker. He was assisted during the ceremony by Mike O’Claire.

Daigle welcomed the guests at this event on behalf of VFW Post 2720 Commander James Peterson and American Legion Post 122 Commander Ross Hogate.

“I am honored to be here today to help recognize and salute the men and women who have served and sacrificed to keep America free,” said Daigle, “and to salute the families of the missing who continue to keep the candle of hope alive.”

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