Ceremony honors POWs who died in Utah, far from home
Published: November 18, 2013 10:19AM
Updated: November 18, 2013 10:19AM
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Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune Some of the headstones of the nine German soldiers who are buried in a southeast section of the Fort Douglas Cemetery were honored, along with about 20 other German soldiers buried there from World War I. Also honored were one Japanese soldier and a number of Italian soldiers who served in World War II. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a fighter pilot in the postwar German Air Force and second counselor in the LDS Church's First Presidency, spoke during the ceremony on the German Day of Remembrance, Sunday November 17, 2013.

The 36th annual German Day of Remembrance on Sunday honored the memory of more than two dozen German POWs from World War I and II who died in Utah.

The event has been held in Utah each year since 1977.

About 20 WWI soldiers died of influenza. Nine WWII soldiers were killed by a guard.

Sunday’s ceremony took place at Fort Douglas Cemetery, where all the German POWs are buried, and also honored a Japanese soldier and a number of Italian soldiers from WWII. Speakers included President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the LDS Church’s First Presidency.