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(October 14, 2019) – Cedar Crest College will dedicate a “Chair of Honor” in the college’s Harmon Hall of Peace on Veteran’s Day. The chair will remain unoccupied and will stand empty in remembrance of prisoners of war and missing in action service members. A dedication ceremony will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 5 p.m. in Cedar Crest College’s Harmon Hall of Peace. The event is free and open to the public.
“Chairs of Honor” are a tradition created by Rolling Thunder, Inc., a non-profit group that advocates for the full accountability for POWs and MIA service members. More information about the Honor Chair Program can be found here.
The Chair of Honor ceremony will include remarks by retired Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy David P. Keller, a trustee and former chair of the Cedar Crest Board of Trustees. The ceremony will recognize the veteran student experience and the work of Rolling Thunder. The chair dedication plaque reads, “This Chair will remain unoccupied and will stand in this Place of Honor until we attain the fullest possible accounting for all our missing POW and MIA Heroes. You will not be forgotten.”
Cedar Crest College has been recognized in the past for being a “Best College for Veterans.” As a participant in the military’s Yellow Ribbon Program, Cedar Crest waives a portion of tuition to make its transformative liberal arts education accessible to veterans.