>America’s longest-held POW is honored
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
SPECIAL TO TWIN-BORO NEWS
The new running track at Bergenfield High School has been dedicated to the memory of Col. Floyd “Jim” Thompson, the Bergenfield native who became the longest-held prisoner of war in U.S. history.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Kuchar and Principal James Fasano welcomed guests and led the ceremony on the main field of the school at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.
Members of the Bergenfield Board of Education, Veterans Advisory Committee, borough officials and many BHS students were present at the dedication ceremony.
The dedication was intentionally scheduled for the third Friday in September, which is recognized as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Thompson, a member of the Bergenfield High School Class of 1951, was America’s longest-held POW, having spent nearly nine years in captivity in Vietnam.