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Ceremony honors POWs who died in Utah, far from home

Published November 18, 2013 10:19 am

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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.