Hingham: Empty chair ceremony held for POW/MIA at town hall

Dignitaries gather at Hingham town hall for POW/MIA empty chair ceremony

A ceremony was held at Hingham town hall Thursday night to dedicate an empty chair which pays tribute to the nation’s prisoners of war and missing in action.

A large crowd packed Hingham Town Hall Thursday night, for a ceremony to dedicate a plaque and empty chair which symbolizes the 92,000 prisoners of war and missing in action from all of America’s wars.

Hingham Veteran’s Services Officer Keith Jermyn spoke during the ceremony and said, “Today, we reaffirm that sacred pledge, ‘you are not forgotten’. We voice an entire nation’s unending support and our undying promise that no matter how long it takes, no matter what it takes, we will not stop until we’ve brought every American home”.

Jermyn said the empty chair memorial is being spearheaded by the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club.

“Massachusetts Chapter 1 Rolling Thunder - they’ve taken this upon themselves for this cause – for the plight of those families that are still suffering. They’re driving around to all 351 municipalities in the state and they’re trying to get one of these empty chairs to be placed in every city and town hall”.

Among those at the ceremony were members of Rolling Thunder, the Hingham Department of Veteran’s Services, state and local politicians and friends and family of those missing in action.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.