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Chair of Honor dedicated at Friday’s game

December 18, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Friday, Dec. 13, there was a little less available seating in the Fitch gymnasium bleachers. A space was set aside for a Chair of Honor to remember the MIA and POWs who never made it home.

The special black chair was designed by Fitch graphic arts students. The chair had to have shorter rear legs to be able to cover two levels of bleacher. A white chain was placed on poles that surround the chair and the MIA-POW design was placed on the chair along with the number of missing veterans..

"It was made to be put up and taken down quickly and easily so the bleachers could be moved in and out," said Sam Swoger, Past Commander of American Legion Post 301.

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American Legion Post 301 Past Post Commander Sam Swoger and 2nd Vice Commander Tom Moss show off a new addition to the bleachers in the Fitch gymnasium, a chair recognizing veterans who never made it home.

During a pre-game ceremony at the Dec. 13 basketball game, a military appreciation night was held and the chair was officially dedicated. Veterans attending the game could get in free, and the American Legion posted the colors for the evening.

"We are very military here at Fitch," Athletic Director Jim Penk said. "We enjoy doing things for those who are looking out for us."

The Chair of Honor is a program that is spreading across the nation. Each year more and more schools join in the effort, but at Fitch, it was the graphic arts department and maintenance crew that made sure the indoor chair was ready in time.

"In September, Post 301 will be placing a Chair of Honor on the home side of the football stadium," said 2nd Vice Commander of Post 301, Tom Moss.

He said the outdoor chair will be a permanent one, and would be dedicated in much the same manner as the indoor chair.

 
 

 

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