Society sometimes loses sight of the importance of language, casually misapplying phrases like "hero" and "heoric", thereby diluting their true meaning and power. A well-paid athlete delivering in the clutch may be many things - a hero, in the true sense of the word, is not one of them.
As Veteran's Day approaches, however, we're reminded about the clear meaning of those words and their implications for the millions of men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice to provide and protect the freedoms we enjoy today – incuding the estimated 91,100 POW/MIAs in this country's history.
With our friend Joe D'Entremont from Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1, Hussey Seating has had the opportunity to participate in the dedication of POW/MIA Chairs of Honor at Gillette Stadium and TD Garden here in New England, and in other dedications planned across the country.
Thanks to the tireless eforts of Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1 this program has begun to take root nationwide, and recently placed the first Chair of Honor at the University of Toldeo in Ohio. With the help of our exclusive dealer in Ohio, Farnham Equipment Company, were were privilged and honored to help create this tribute.
Here are the details in this guest post from United States Navy Reserve Lieutenant Haraz Ghanbari, the military liaison at the University of Toledo:
Last November, I learned that the New England Patriots NFL team held the first such dedication for a professional sports team. The University of Toledo has been named a military friendly school for four consecutive years by G.I. Jobs, and as the university's Military Liaison, I thought having a POW/MIA dedication at our Glass Bowl football stadium, and another scheduled for later this year at Savage Arena, was a natural extension of our support for our nation's service members and veterans – specifically those Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. Our Military Service Center and our Athletics Department partnered for the seat dedication at the Glass Bowl.
|Photo courtesy UT Athletics - Click to enlarge
||Photo courtesy UT Athletics - Click to enlarge
Everyday there are thousands of men and women who are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect our freedoms and our way of life. Since World War II alone, more than 83,000 of those men and women never returned home to their loved ones. Our nation has a collective commitment to never forget the sacrifices of these brave men and women, and to never abandon our responsibility to do everything in our power to bring them home or provide a full accounting to their families.
The concept for a permanently unoccupied POW/MIA seat in sports stadiums originated with Joe D'Entremont and Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1. I contacted The New England Patriots and they put me in touch with Joe. Joe's vision is for stadiums, arenas and public places across America to display an empty seat in honor or our nation's POW/MIA. I join Joe in his vision, and as a veteran and military officer, I am humbled and grateful that The University of Toledo was the first college in America to have such a dedication. I certainly hope that other colleges follow suit.
A big thanks goes to Joe D'Entremont, Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1 and Hussey Seating of Maine for their support. May we never forget those who answered this nation's call to service, but never came home.
If your group or organization is interested in dedicating a POW/MIA Chair of Honor, you can learn more about the program by downloading this brochure
. Hussey Seating Company will continue to support this effor to remember these true American Heroes, and will be dedicating our own Chair of Honor in our Main Campus Showroom on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2013. Look for more details on that event soon, and remember our promise as a nation to the men and women who did not return - You will not be forgotten