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During World War II a prisoner of war camp was located just outside Roswell, New Mexico; the camp house over 4800 German POWs. During the war they worked in farm fields mostly but a group of 50 worked for a time in the town of Roswell on a flood control project on the banks of the Spring River laying rock. During their work they managed to place rocks on the embankment in the form of an Iron Cross. Angry Roswell residents poured concrete over the image but over the years this concrete washed away and thus re-exposed the original cross design. A small observation deck has been built within a Spring River Park that is now dedicated to honor all POW/MIAs from all nations in history. There is also a small case housing a piece of the Berlin Wall that was donated to Roswell.

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