Veterans Day event at Pinnacle to feature former prisoner of warWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
A former prisoner of war will be the featured speaker at a Toledo group’s Veterans Day celebration at the Pinnacle Banquet Center in Maumee.
Commander Porter Halyburton, who spent seven and a half years in a North Vietnam prison camp, is the decorated guest of the D.O.V.E. Fund’s event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. WTOL’s Chrys Peterson is the mistress of ceremonies for the program, which will also feature appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.dovefund.org. Veterans and members of the public are welcome to attend.
D.O.V.E. (Development of Vietnam Endeavors) is a Toledo-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of Vietnam veterans, Rotarians and concerned citizens that are dedicated to rebuilding Vietnam and improving the lives of those in the most impoverished areas of the country.
Halyburton is noted for surviving torture and captivity during his time in Vietnam and for turning that experience into positive force in his life and in the lives of others. Of his time spent as a P.O.W., he said, “I wouldn’t do it again for a million dollars, but I wouldn’t take a million dollars for what I learned during those seven and a half years.”
Halyburton’s story is chronicled in “Two Souls Indivisible,” a book written by James S. Hirsch.
Pinnacle Banquet Center is located at 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.