By Wayne Kirkpatrick
On Saturday, 29 April 2017. members of Rolling Thunder, Chapter 2, Illinois dedicated a POW/MIA Chair of Honor at Anthony’s Barbershop, 150 S. Main St, Algonquin. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Norman Zuckerman, of Algonquin, a former WW II POW.
This Chair stands as a constant reminder that the over 88,000 MIAs, when multiplied by 4 or more generations of family members, has an impact on millions of their surviving relatives. The members of Rolling Thunder encourage the public to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are family members who are unable to be with their loved ones and who are enduring the agonies of loss and deprivation.
In today’s environment of polarization, controversy, and social discord, this Chair serves to unify Americans in a common cause that transcends politics, race, religion, gender, culture and social disparities. Every segment of American society has been touched by the loss that this chair represents.
Those who have served and those currently serving in the armed forces of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice.
This Chair of Honor will remain perpetually unoccupied in honor of the 88,000 + American heroes who remain missing.
Rolling Thunder has placed POW/MIA Chairs of Honor at Soldier Field, Chicago City Chambers, Cook County City Chambers, and local city halls with plans underway to dedicate Chairs at Wrigley Field, the United Center, and Guaranteed Rate Field this year.