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Golf course dedicates putting green for POW/MIA

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Sep. 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
September 15, 2010 5:33 pm

The American Lakes Veterans Golf Course on Friday plans to remember prisoners of war and soldiers who remain missing in action by dedicating a new nine-hole putting green in their honor. The ceremony coincides with national POW/MIA Recognition Day.

It’s been a busy year at the golf course with the completion of a new Rehabilitation and Training Center and an ongoing campaign to build nine more holes. It’s used by veterans and military personnel, and by patients at hospitals that serve them.

“Many hours of volunteer labor contributed to the creation of this unique putting course,” Bruce McKenty, a retired Army officer and manager of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, said in a press release.

Friday’s flag raising for prisoners of war and missing soldiers will take place at noon during a golf tournament for Warrior Transition Battalion stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“It’s a way for recovering soldiers to take a break from their weekly routines at the hospital and around the battalion area,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Dudek, commander of the transition battalion. “It creates an environment where recovering soldiers gets to share in some fellowship and fun with other veterans and maybe make some new friends.”

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