On Wednesday, October 17, Eastern Shoshone Tribal Elder and WWII veteran Morning Starr Moses Weed will be honored in a ceremony in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. A sacred flag ceremony will be bestowed on Weed in to be officiated by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. All former POWs, Military Veterans, Tribal Councils, Chiefs, friends, family, and dignitaries are invited to attend.
Knobby Brown Integrity Productions is currently wrapping a documentary on the life of Mr. Weed and his contributions to our great nation and his tribe, the Eastern Shoshone. The flag ceremony will be part of the feature to be shown at various film festivals across the country in 2013. For a full schedule of ceremony events and information on how to attend, click here. You can also phone for further info: 940.255.9141.
“We wanted to honor Mr. Weed for his service and sacrifice to his country and leadership within the tribal communities and believed a formal flag ceremony would be fitting,” says Margie Small, CEO of Knobby Brown.
Born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, Morning Starr Moses Weed enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. Attached to the 423rd Infantry, he landed in Europe in 1944—and entered the fight in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge. He was eventually captured by Germans, who sent him to own of the worst POW camps in Europe, Stalag IX-B in Bad Orb, Germany. Prisoners received only one ladle of soup per day. Each of the more than 4,000 American captives had one set of clothes, took turns sleeping on lice-infested straw mats and shared one hole in the ground for a bathroom. It was 106 days before Allied Forces liberated the camp. Weed returned to the Wind River Reservation, honorably discharged from the military as a decorated soldier.
He served for more than 30 years on the Shoshone Business Council and helped bring buildings and houses to the Wind River Reservation for his people. He raised a family, broke horses and ran cattle, reported the Casper Star-Tribune in a feature on Cpl. Weed published in 2010.
If you can’t attend the ceremony, take a moment to honor this Elder by watching this short video, an oral history of his life.