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POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedicated at Thorndike Town Office

By Fran Gonzalez | Nov 12, 2020
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Thorndike Second Selectman and Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton, left, and First Selectman Doreen Berry unveil the POW/MIA Chair of Honor Nov. 11.

Thorndike —

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.

 

Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 color guard Nov. 11 at the POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedication at the Thorndike Town Office. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Steven Brown of VFW Post 3108 prepares to play “Taps” Nov. 11 at the POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedication at the Thorndike Town Office. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Lloyd Stover Jr., left, and Tammy Sweetland, both of the Patriot Riders, talk with Second Selectman and Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton at the POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedication Nov. 11. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Thorndike resident Hannah Cole reads a statement she prepared for the event while her mother, Melanie Cole, holds her up to reach the microphone Nov. 11 at the POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedication in Thorndike. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Thorndike First Selectman Doreen Berry addresses the crowd Nov. 11 at the POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedication. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Second Selectman Jeff Trafton, left, and VFW Operations Manager Jim Roberts raise the flag Nov. 11 at the Thorndike Town Office. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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