NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – An “empty chair” to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action is now a permanent fixture in the Montgomery County Courthouse.
The honor chair is donated to the county by the local chapters of Disabled American Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America. The empty chair is designed as a reminder of those missing in action, and is now a permanent memorial in the courthouse.
At a dedication, the chair was placed next to a small table, covered with a white cloth.
“It is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks,” explains Tony Gemma with Disabled Veterans of America. “A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate. The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of family.”
The ceremony and dedication were part of recognition of POW/MIA Day.