What is the POW MIA Chair of Honor?
POW/MIA chairs are found across the United States and are meant to represent those service members who are unable to fill them because of their sacrifices. They also remind us of the men and women who serve our country every day.
About Wisconsin's POW MIA Chair of Honor
This is a project that was initiated by a member of Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 in Wisconsin who, while at an event at the Heroes Café in Kenosha, brought the idea to then Representative Peter Barca following the placement of a POW/MIA Chair of Honor in the United States Capitol in 2017. The project gained consensus among all veterans groups in Wisconsin including the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs and the Council on Veterans Programs. Rolling Thunder Wisconsin and the VFW Wisconsin have been leaders of this project, working with then-Representative Barca, the State Capitol Executive Residence Board, and the Department of Administration to ensure the Chair project is completed for all Wisconsinites to appreciate.
On Friday, September 18, 2020, Governor Tony Evers, WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar, DOR Secretary Peter Barca, VFW State Commander Jason Johns, and Rolling Thunder Wisconsin State Liaison Mark Herrmann unveiled the chair at a small ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol. To view the ceremony, click here