BPD Becomes 1st Police Department in the Nation to Honor POW/MIA’s with today’s Silent Chair of Honor Dedication Ceremony

Today, Thursday, September 25, 2014, Commissioner William Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke, members of the BPD Veterans Association, Joe D’Entremont, president of the Massa­chusetts Chapter of Rolling ­Thunder, along with invited guests gathered to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of POW/MIA’s with the placement of a Silent Chair of Honor in the lobby of Boston Police Headquarters which will serve as a memorial and constant reminder of the more than 91,000 American soldiers who went off to war, dating back to World War I, but never returned home and remain unaccounted for to this day. While similar chair dedications have been held at several sports venues including Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and TD Garden, today’s ceremony marks the first time a ceremony has been held inside a police station. Said Commissioner William Evans, “While there are other chairs around the city, it’s only appropriate and fitting that the first police department in the nation be the first to remember and recognize the soldiers who never returned home with today’s Silent Chair of Honor dedication. We’re honored to have it here as it will remind all who pass by it to never forget the service and sacrifice of loved ones who never came home.”       

The Chair of Honor program was created by Rolling Thunder, a non-profit organization dedicated to remembering POW/MIA’s. Said Rolling Thunder president Joe D’Entremont, “Sadly, most Americans have no idea that more than 91,000 service members never made it home from the wars of the last century. So, today is all about raising awareness and reminding all of us about the importance of never forgetting those who never came back. They can’t speak for themselves, so today’s ceremony helps us speak for them.”