Barrar Honors POW-MIA with Dedication of ‘Chair of Honor’
10/15/2014
Rep. Steve Barrar hosted an event at the state Capitol to unveil a POW-MIA Chair of Honor in recognition of the 91,000 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen still unaccounted for since World War I. Pictured with Barrar standing behind the Chair of Honor is, from left, Rep. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer/Crawford/Lawrence), Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), Korean War POW Charles Egresitz, Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin).
HARRISBURG
– Paying homage to the 91,000 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen still unaccounted for since World War I, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, today hosted an event to unveil a POW- MIA Chair of Honor that will be placed in the state Capitol as a reminder of those missing in action and those who endured as prisoners of war.
 
“I am proud to announce that Pennsylvania today has joined a great movement to place this Chair of Honor in as many public venues as possible to remind our young and old alike that freedom is not free. This chair symbolizes the absence of these service members, and it also assures that their sacrifice is not forgotten. An American flag and the National League of Families POW/MIA flag will flank the empty chair,” said Barrar.
 
Additional video comments from Barrar can be viewed here.

Barrar was joined at the event by fellow lawmakers and veterans, along with the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairman Bob Mensch (R-Bucks); Pennsylvania Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig; Patrick J. Hughes, Marine Corps veteran and national photographer for Rolling Thunder Inc.; World War II POW-MIA Frank Lashinsky; Korean War POW Charles Egresitz; and past national president of American Gold Star Mothers Barb Benard.
 
The “Chair of Honor” was a concept born of the president of Rolling Thunder Inc. after he witnessed a seat left purposely empty in Bristol, TN, for American troops who were POW/MIA. Following that example, Joe D’Entremont was determined to have a POW-MIA chair in every professional sports venue in his home state of Massachusetts. Out of that mission, the Chair of Honor concept grew to include other places of display and other states joining the movement.
 
Barrar authored a House resolution for the display of the Chair of Honor in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which was unanimously approved by the House on Oct. 8.
 
Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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717.260.6452
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