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Local World War II POW Honored at Veteran's Day Ceremony

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By Kerry Longobucco.
One day ahead of Veteran's Day, local schools took the time to honor community members who have served.

That includes students at Johnson City Middle School -- who were joined by Representative Richard Hanna (R) to pay a special tribute to area veterans Tuesday morning.

A handful of local veterans shared memories of their time in the military, in front of an audience of 600 students.

One veteran's experience dates all the way back to World War II. Edward Knowlden is from Vestal -- and survived a year as a Prisoner of War after being captured by German soldiers in 1944.

"Mr. Knowlden was shot down on a B-17, and was the only survivor of a crew of ten," Hanna said. "He was picked up by the Germans as a prisoner of war, and we're here today to give him his medal for his service."

Hanna presented the 93-year-old veteran with a special honor -- a Prisoner of War Medal.

The students thanked him for his service with multiple standing ovations.