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Honor and Remember Flag Presentation

Union Leader Correspondent
September 19. 2018 8:51PM

Deborah Crosby, whose father Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Crosby was killed in action in North Vietnam in June 1965, speaks during a POW/MIA vigil held at Hesky Park in Meredith in March. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

MEREDITH - In special ceremonies tonight an Honor and Remember Flag will be presented to a former local woman whose father was killed in action in Vietnam.

Deborah Crosby was 6 years old when her father, Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Crosby, left to serve his country as a Naval aviator. He was shot down over North Vietnam in June 1965, and his fate remained unknown until his remains were recovered shortly before Memorial Day and positively identified.

In March, his daughter participated in ceremonies to raise a POW/MIA flag at Hesky Park in Meredith, home to the state's first POW/MIA memorial.

New Hampshire was the 43rd stop on the flag's 50-state tour. After it flew in all 50 states, the flag went on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., along with a guestbook containing the names of those who'd helped escort it.

The POW/MIA Flag 50-State Tour was organized by Jim Ray of Cedar Bluff, Va., who served with the First Division 168th Combat Engineers from 1965 to 1966.

After a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Ray and his wife decided to try to send a POW/MIA flag to visit every state in the nation. That goal became a reality on Sept. 17, 2017, when the flag's journey began.

Tonight's ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hesky Park overlooking Meredith Bay.

At 7 p.m. tonight, following the flag presentation, the weekly vigil to raise POW/MIA awareness, which has run continuously every Thursday since August 1989, will take place.

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