ATLANTIC CITY— One of Boardwalk Hall’s original chairs from 1929 was refurbished. But no one will ever sit in it.
The Chair of Honor was unveiled after the first period as the Albany Devils faced the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in an AHL game. It honors the more than 92,000 servicemen and women who are still unaccounted for since World War I.
“When one American is not worth the effort to be found, we as Americans have lost,” the plaque marking the chair reads in part.
“When you’re in combat, you serve for your country, but you live for your brothers and sisters,” said Louw-Shiang Liu, a Vietnam veteran from Mays Landing who is part of the Rolling Thunder.
The nonprofit organization’s mission is to raise awareness of American prisoners of war and those still missing in action.
“A lot of people forget we’re still at war,” said Paul Berenotto, president of Rolling Thunder’s Chapter 4 NJ, which presented the chair. “We still have soldiers at war and we still have POWs out there.”
Berenotto brought his father with him, a Navy veteran of World War II.
“I serve those who served,” said the younger Berenotto, who was not in the military.
The group’s mission is to educate the public about those who were left behind and protect those serving from the same fate.
“This absolutely essential,” Liu said of events such as Saturday’s presentation, with the chair as a constant reminder of those still missing. “We still believe a number of POWs are still alive.”
The presentation was part of American Heroes Night, which included honoring all members of the military, along with police and firefighters.
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