INDIANAPOLIS – A permanent seat has been added to the 60,000 plus already inside of Lucas Oil Stadium.
It's a seat that won't be occupied when the Patriots come to Lucas Oil Stadium next Sunday, but its symbolism is greater than any one inside of the Colts home.
Rolling Thunder® Indiana, Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Indianapolis Colts have dedicated a Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) "Chair of Honor" inside of Lucas Oil to honor American Heroes that are still listed as POW or MIA.
"I just thank you from the bottom of my heart for what that chair represents, and it will not be forgotten I promise you that," Josh Bleill, Community Spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts and Wounded Warrior, said at the dedication ceremony earlier this week.
The chair, which will be on the loge level in the southeast corner of the stadium (near section 423), serves as a symbol for service and sacrifice along with being a recognition of the 82,000 service members that are still unaccounted for nationwide.
Mike Clark, the President of Rolling Thunder, said the construction of the chair was one of their chapter mission goals by the end of the Colts 2014 season.
It will now be on display when the Colts appear on primetime, across the country, in their Sunday Night Football contest on November 16.
"All Americans should honor and respect our military who defend our freedom," Larry C. Hall, Colts Vice President of Ticket Operations and Guest Services, says. "Those who serve, and their families, make many sacrifices. Some pay the ultimate price.
"The POW-MIA Chair of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium is another way the Colts can honor those who have, and those that continue to serve. Given that November is Military Appreciation month in the NFL it is fitting the Chair of Honor be dedicated at this time."
This week, Rolling Thunder Indiana, Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Colts dedicated a Prisoner of War and Missing in Action "Chair of Honor" inside of Lucas Oil to honor American Heroes that are still listed as POW or MIA.