Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R- Berks, Bucks, Montgomery Counties), Chair of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, recently introduced SR 495 which seeks to bring more attention to our Nation’s Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POA/MIA). The resolution recognizes Rolling Thunder Incorporated’s effort to prominently place a POW/MIA chair of honor in the Main Capitol Rotunda area during the days surrounding National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veteran’s Day.
“The history of our nation was built upon the triumphs, struggles and sacrifices of the many men and women who have endured battle and hardship in defense of our nation’s security and freedom,” said Mensch. “While we should always continue to support our soldiers in times of war and peace, we must also remember the men and women who never returned home, whose sacrifices and ordeals will never be known and whose bravery will never be forgotten.”
Rolling Thunder Incorporated’s major mission is to publicize the issues surrounding POW/MIAs and to educate the public concerning the many American prisoners of war who were left behind after past wars. The organization also seeks to help correct the past and future veterans from being left behind should they become POW/MIAs. 91,000 servicemen and women are unaccounted for from the wars and armed conflicts the United States has been involved in since World War I.
In recent years, the commemorative chairs honoring American POW/MIAs have been placed in prominent locations across the United States to bring attention to the issues surrounding POW/MIAs. Rolling Thunder Incorporated’s efforts have resulted in over two hundred chairs being placed in less than 18 months.
A Chair of Honor dedication ceremony was held in the Capitol Rotunda on at 9:30 am.
The resolution was adopted by the Senate on October 15, 2014.
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