"You Are Not Forgotten"
POW/MIA Chair donated by Rolling Thunder, Inc., RI Chapter 1 at the December 8th Town Council Meeting and the POW/MIA Table was added November 18, 2015 by Carolyn Evans-Carbery (Project Blue Star), Harry Church and Chuck Peterson (VFW, Post 5390).
The Meaning of the Items on the POW/MIA Table
|11/4/2015||Rep. Malik dedicates POW Chair at State House ceremony|
STATE HOUSE – House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jan P. Malik lead a ceremony dedicating a new war memorial at the State House honoring Rhode
Island’s POW and MIA military veterans on Nov. 3. The memorial is a “Chair of Honor” that will always remain empty, honoring Rhode Island’s veterans who never returned home
after combat service.
“This symbol will remind all who enter the State House of these heroes’ tragic sacrifice fighting for our cherished way of life. 91,000 of these courageous American warriors became MIA or POW’s since WWI. This remembrance is for them, and especially for the 46 Rhode Islanders among their eternal ranks,” said Representative Malik (D-Dist. 67, Warren, Bristol). “I’d like to thank Rolling Thunder for creating this most worthy tribute to our servicemen who never made it back to our country’s shores. Although their bodies may have been lost, their spirits and sacrifices will never be forgotten.”
The “Chair of Honor” is a POW/MIA memorial created and donated by the veterans group Rolling Thunder. Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with over 100 chartered chapters throughout the United States. Other “Chairs of Honor” installations are underway in Rhode Island and have already been installed in Gillette Stadium, TD Garden, Fenway Park and the Massachusetts State House.
Rep. Malik shaking hands with Rolling Thunder RI Chapter Vice President James McLaughlin at the POW Chair dedication ceremony at the State House