A unique chair representing the memory of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action was installed at the Thorndike Town Office on Veterans Day, recognizing the sacrifice of those who never returned from our wars.

The POW/MIA chair is to remain perpetually empty to help people remember that even though soldiers are not here in person, there is always space for them and they will not be forgotten.

The Chair of Honor, which was donated by Hussey Seating in North Berwick, was unveiled by Thorndike First Selectman Doreen Berry and Second Selectman and Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton. On hand for the ceremony were the Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 color guard and the Patriot Riders of America Chapter 5, based in Waldo.

Veteran and Thorndike resident Greg Falzetta was one of the speakers at the event. Since World War I, he said, there have been 92,000 soldiers missing in action, and of that number, 479 are “sons and daughters of Maine.”

The event drew a crowd of about 40 people who witnessed the dedication, complete with a rendering of “Taps” by Steven Brown of VFW Post 3108.

POW/MIA Chairs of Honor can be found in public spaces ranging from professional sports stadiums to town halls, and everywhere in between, according to the Architect of the Capitol webpage.