Michelle Davies | THe Journal Gazette Retired Staff Sergeant Larry Meinzen, a 1943 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School's looks at a POW flag from World War II that he donated to the school Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 12:10 pm
Concordia ROTC gets piece of history
ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette
A piece of history faced Concordia Lutheran High School students as they gathered this morning in the auditorium: a prisoner of war flag from World War II and the veteran who brought it home.
Larry Meinzen, 92, received the Chinese flag from a commander of a nationalist Chinese infantry battalion who survived a labor camp in Japan.
Now framed, it will hang in Concordia's JROTC Hall of Honor among photographs and descriptions of alumni and others who have contributed to the program.
Meinzen graduated from Concordia, then a boarding school, in 1943.
"It's such an honor to have it," said Alan Conrad, JROTC instructor. "Whenever we can display what our cadets have done… it's just tremendous so the new cadets can see what their heritage really is."
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