Chair Of Honor To Be Designated At Ashland University

  • 10/19/2018 8:16:51 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH – Ashland University has designated one seat in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field to remain unoccupied in honor of prisoners of war (POW) and those who have been declared missing in action (MIA).

The seat, painted black with chains across and a plaque standing behind it, is located in Section A at the 50-yard line. A ceremony dedicating the Collegiate POW/MIA Chair of Honor will take place during the halftime activities of the Eagles versus Northern Michigan on November 10th.

It all started with an idea one year ago presented to Ashland University’s Veteran Services Office by the Sons of the American Legion. They wanted one Chair of Honor in every county in Ohio, and Ashland University has already installed the chair in their stadium.

Randy Spade, the Director of Veteran Services at Ashland University, works with veterans on a day to day basis. He says that he has the honor of working with men and women who made it home, but that is not always the case.

“I think seeing that and having that tangible symbol at something as often used as a football stadium will call to mind the ultimate sacrifice; those who didn’t make it home.,” Spade said. “I think it’s important for us, especially in this community, to recognize that sacrifice.”

Spade encourages all Ashland and Mansfield veterans to come to the dedication ceremony on November 10th so that Ashland University can thank them for their service.

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