POW/MIA symbols at a Missing Man Table (U.S. Air Force/Ilka Cole)
CONCORD, NH — The veterans group that sponsors the oldest continuing POW-MIA vigil in the country is asking a federal court to allow it to intervene in a case that centers on whether a former POW's Bible can be featured in a lobby display at the Manchester VA hospital.
(U.S. Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)
Herman "Herk" Streitburger was on his final bombing mission and due to go home when his plane was hit by German fighters over Hungary in 1944. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war, enduring starvation, forced marches and a harrowing escape.
Streitburger just turned 100 years old. That makes him a national treasure as well as a Granite State hero.
Streitburger, who lives in Bedford, gets around using a cane and remains active in POW groups and events. It was he who donated his family Bible to a POW "missing man" display at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, which prompted a federal First Amendment lawsuit.
And every year, he tells his World War II story to Manchester schoolchildren. It's a story worth retelling.
Thousands of motorcyclists from New Hampshire and surrounding states took to the roads Saturday to honor and remember seven people, five of them Marines, who died in a horrific crash on June 21 in Randolph.
As bikes roared into the Gulf service station on 28-Bypass in Manchester Saturday morning, Steve Allison, one of the organizers of the Ride for the Fallen 7 to benefit the families of those killed, said he was overwhelmed by the response. He didn't know many of the riders who turned out, but he said, "These people are my family."