A Chair of Honor program was the pregame highlight of last Friday’s exciting high school football season-opener at Firment Stadium in Avon as the host Eagles prepared to take on the arch-rival Avon Lake Shoremen.
The program dedicated the installation of a permanent, fixed fusion stadium chair with the POW/MIA Logo applied to the back of the chair in a front row position in the stadium’s seating area. The chair is cordoned off and will remain perpetually empty to help people remember that, even though our soldiers are not here, there is still a space for them.
Mayor Bryan Jensen and School Supt. Mike Laub shared in the unveiling, joining with a host of veteran’s and veteran groups to make the solemn occasion.
The program was sponsored by the American Legion Riders of Post 211 Avon Lake, American Legion Avon Lake Post 211 and the VFW Post 7035 in Avon.
There are over 80 thousand missing in action soldiers, according to military records. Currently, chairs are in place at the football stadiums at Firestone, Brookside and Amherst high schools plus Avon’s Sprenger Stadium.
The goal is to eventually have them installed at all Lorain County high school football stadiums. The chairs are donated by Hussey Seating Co, N. Berwick, ME. Over 500 of these chairs have been installed at various locations in the United States.
There will be another program at the Avon Lake/Westlake game at Avon Lake on Friday, September 20.