Grant County residents Jerry Ours and daughter Elizabeth, 11, meet former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch Monday night at a special anniversary reception at the Culture Center. Monday marked 10 years since the Wirt County native was rescued from an Iraqi hospital.
Jim Kirby, of Charleston, leads his children, Patrick, 3, and Aurelia, 5, through an exhibit of Lynch's souvenirs. The items, which include get-well cards, an American flag afghan with a yellow border, a doll dressed in a desert camouflage uniform, will be on display at the Culture Center until April 10 and then again at other times this year.
Toll booth operator John Romage, of Mount Hope, shook Lynch's hand and had her sign a receipt when she passed through his line on the West Virginia Turnpike last year. Romage said Lynch is a hero. He had the 29-year-old former POW sign her book, "I Am a Solider, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story," on Monday.