Tree honors those who served, didn’t return

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A tree will be dedicated Saturday in the name of Navy pilot Harley Hall at Fircrest Park to honor all POWs and military personnel killed in action and missing in action.

The event will be in the park at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Fifth Street, adjacent to Fircrest Elementary School, at 11 a.m., with the dedication at noon.

“We would like to honor all who served, even though we can’t name them all,” said Alice Glessner of the Fircrest Neighborhood Association.

In 1973, Hall’s Phantom fighter jet was shot down on the last day of combat in the Vietnam War. His body has never been recovered, but the former commander of the Blue Angels flying team is listed as “presumed killed in action.”

Glessner, a longtime POW advocate, said she hopes to see military personnel and their families at the event.

The maple tree was purchased by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Another tree will be dedicated to Ralph Peabody, a Fircrest neighborhood resident.