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Fort Riley to hold foreign POW ceremony

Published on -11/15/2013, 4:22 PM

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) -- A delegation of Italian and German military officers will take part next week in a ceremony honoring deceased prisoners of war buried at a cemetery at Fort Riley.

The event Nov. 21 is part of an annual observance to honor the POWs and their contributions while in confinement at Fort Riley during World War II.

Fort Riley was one of about 600 prisoner of war camps in the United States from 1943 to 1946. There were about 4,500 prisoners held at Fort Riley who performed a variety of tasks on the installation, such as farming and maintenance.

The ceremony will honor the 62 German and 11 Italian soldiers buried at Fort Riley. German and Italian officers studying at Fort Leavenworth will take part in the activities.

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