Marshwood Middle School to House POW/MIA Honor Chair

mia-chairIn photo:  Eighth-grader Anna Hayes places a single rose on the POW/Mia Honor Chair dedicated at Marshwood Middle School Wednesday. The chair will be placed in the school’s library and kept perpetually empty to remember prisoners of war and those missing in action. Ralph Morang photo

By Ralph Morang news@seacoastonline.com

November 9

for photos: Eighth-grader Anna Hayes places a single rose on the POW/Mia Honor Chair dedicated at Marshwood Middle School Wednesday. The chair will be placed in the school’s library and kept perpetually empty to remember prisoners of war and those missing in action. Ralph Morang photo

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Thunder and Hussey Seating collaborate in installing a POW/MIA Honor Chair at Marshwood Middle School on Wednesday. Ralph Morang photo

 

ELIOT, Maine – After Marshwood Middle School’s “In Honor of Our Veterans” event Wednesday morning, eighth-graders held a POW/MIA Honor Chair ceremony.

The Honor Chair is to be installed in a public place and be perpetually empty to remember prisoners of war and those missing in action. Rolling Thunder, a POW/MIA advocacy group works with Hussey Seating in North Berwick to provide chairs.

Paul LeBlanc of Kittery Point, vice president of Chapter 1 Maine Rolling Thunder, officiated, and eighth-graders performed the ceremony. LeBlanc explained the history of POW/MIA support, how since World War I more than 90,000 American soldiers, sailors and Marines have become missing, including the loss of the USS Thresher submarine crew in 1963.

A black crepe covering the chair was removed by students Adam Tobey and Skyler Horton. Anna Hayes placed a single rose on the chair, and as LeBlanc spoke of the history of the American flag, Boy Scouts Ryan Bisson and Marco Abell folded a flag and placed it in the chair. Ella Manero and Matigan Janes placed American and POW/MIA flags in stands on either side of the chair.

LeBlanc introduced Leon Tanguay of Sanford, who was in the 28th Infantry in World War II. LeBlanc said on Nov. 3, 1944, Tanguay was captured by the Germans in France and taken to a POW camp, where he was forced to repair bomb-damaged railroad tracks. LeBlanc also introduced Gerard Vaillancourt of Berwick, who was held prisoner in World War II.

Grisham Neff, Trevor Lowell and DJ Cagnina sang “America the Beautiful.”

After thanking everyone, Principal Tony Bourbon said the Marshwood Middle School Honor Chair will be placed in the library. “There is always space for the POW/MIAs,” he said.

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