The Association of the United States Army, (AUSA) Tuscaloosa Chapter, in association with the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern District of Alabama, dedicated the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Chair of Honor on Friday, April 28, at 4 p.m.
The POW/MIA Chair of Honor Program’s main function is to spread awareness for POW/MIA service members who remain unaccounted for, and to let their families know they have not been forgotten.
“The Tuscaloosa Chapter of the AUSA is committed to educating future generations on the sacrifices our servicemen have made to protect our country,” said Nicolas Britto, the organization’s president. “There is no better place in this city than this courthouse to display this memorial honoring our POW/MIAs.”
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins (Vietnam), General Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Helen Lemonis, daughter of former WWII POW Pete Lemonis unveiled and dedicated the POW-MIA Chair of Honor during the ceremony. Music was be provided by the 313th U.S. Army Band, Dr. Luvada Harrison will sing the National Anthem, and “Taps” will be performed by Elijah Pugh and David Myers.