AUGUSTA — The 100th anniversary of the Disabled American Veterans is Friday and to celebrate, the Maine DAV honored a lifetime member who is also a three-time prisoner of war survivor.
World War II veteran Donald Lucero, 99, of Augusta earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars while serving with the U.S. Army’s 200th Coast Artillery Battery B and was honored last Friday at his home and given two new flags by Maine DAV officials.
Last Friday was National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
“Every girl’s daddy is their hero, but I can honestly say mine really is for everything he’s done and been through,” said Kimm Salazar, the daughter of Lucero.
Members of the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services presented Lucero a World War II coin and certificate of appreciation, and the Patriot Guard Riders and members of Chapter 3 of the Maine Patriot Riders of America did a flag line.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.