January 3, 2020
In December, at Holy Rosary Credit Union in Rochester, Members of the Rochester Veteran's Council (RVC) met with credit union officers and board members to dedicate a POW/MIA chair of honor.
This empty chair, according to Gordon Oliver, Chaplain for the RVC, signifies the empty space in our country and in our community, left open by those who were taken as Prisoners of War (POW), or who were listed as MIA (Missing in Action).
Chaplain Oliver, who also serves as Historian for the Rochester Sons of the American Legion Post 7, delivered a moving dedication service as the chair was unveiled.
HRCU President and CEO, Brian Hughes, spoke on the importance of the "Empty Chair", and how it came to stand in the HRCU lobby.
"We have many veterans who are members of HRCU," stated Hughes. “We want to continue to support and to bring awareness to all veterans here in Rochester, and the greater community. We all thought it was a great way to honor our POW/MIA soldiers as a constant reminder of our hero veterans.”
The chair itself, manufactured by Hussey Chair Company in Berwick Maine, features the POW/MIA insignia on a black background. A POW/MIA chair in any location is to remain perpetually empty to help people remember that even though our soldiers are not here, there is always space for them.