The late William "Bill" Norwood continues to be recognized in the community by family, friends, and veterans.The former Korean War prisoner of war passed away in the final days of February, following …
The late William "Bill" Norwood continues to be recognized in the community by family, friends, and veterans.
The former Korean War prisoner of war passed away in the final days of February, following a brief battle with cancer. Since that time, he was honored by local veteran organizations, friends, and the community with a large, granite memorial in the City of Cleveland's Square at 1st Street.
This Saturday, at 10 a.m., there will be a follow-up recognition ceremony at the West Polk County Library, where a memorial plaque will be placed at the base of the library's flagpole in his memory.
Norwood grew up in the Reliance community in Polk County, and has a number of friend, and extended family members, who live in the rural, mountain communities east of Bradley County and Cleveland.
His sister, Mary James, lives in Polk County, as well as a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Saturday's program is being sponsored by the Polk County Friends of the Library. Chairman Clarence McClure said last week that another Polk County native, with strong ties to Bradley County's veteran community, will be the keynote speaker for Polk County community's tribute to Norwood on Saturday.
Saturday's speaker will be Joe Davis, a former Bradley County Veterans Affairs Officer who retired recently. Davis was also a close friend of Norwood.
"We are pleased to be able to have this ceremony for Bill Norwood, one of our community heroes," added McClure.
"Liz" Norwood, Bill Norwood's widow, will be attending the ceremony, but she is uncertain if children, grandchildren and great-grandsons will be there. She noted they live out of town, and visited quite often during his illness.
Davis will discuss Norwood's 28 months in a Chinese Communist prison camp, and the ordeal he went through in service to his country. He is expected to mention Norwood's love of the red, white and blue U.S. flag, and how he assisted fellow veterans, veterans projects, and veterans organizations in recent years.
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland has pledged that the city will place a flagpole near Norwood's granite memorial, with his beloved U.S. flag.
Several members of Chattanooga's Chapter of Rolling Thunder plan to attend Saturday's program, as well as several of Norwood's longtime friends and veterans from Cleveland.
Rolling Thunder is an organization involved with issues of the nation's POWs and MIAs.
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