World War II POW to speak here Monday

Published 8:52 am Thursday, May 26, 2016

Davie County’s annual Memorial Day program will be on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the Brock Performing Arts Center on North Main Street in Mocksville.

Speaker will be Harold Frank. He is Davie County’s last surviving World War II Prisoner of War.  He has the distinction of being awarded France’s Legion of Honor medal, which he earned on April 20, 2015.  This medal is given to few people. It is the country’s highest distinction.

In order to be eligible, a veteran must have risked his or her life during World War II to fight on French territory by taking part in one of the three main campaigns of the liberation of France.

Frank participated in the D-Day invasion, which led to him being captured and held in Stalag IVB, a German POW camp. Along with the Legion of Honor Medal, Mr. Frank was also awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

The program is provided by Davie County, Town of Mocksville and Graham Funeral Home.

Veterans attending the ceremony will receive a card for a free lunch following the program at Marco’s Pizza, courtesy of the Mocksville and Hillsdale Rotary clubs.