Rolling Thunder POW-MIA Chair of Honor

WKU Herald

Honorary POW-MIA chair unveiled in Diddle Arena

Mike Clark/HERALD

Mike Clark/ Mike Clark/HERALD

Former prisoner of war Sergeant Major Charles Ross (right) and Sergeant Jimmie Dixon, the president of Rolling Thunder, Inc. present the new POW-MIA seat in section 115 in Diddle Arena Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky.

 

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:53 am

Honorary POW-MIA chair unveiled in Diddle Arena Elliott Pratt College Heights Herald

Section 115 in Diddle Arena holds 117 seats. After Wednesday night’s Lady Topper basketball game against Texas-Arlington, there will be 118 seats, but the newest addition will never have anyone sit in it.

Rolling Thunder, Inc. has partnered with WKU to permanently install an honorary POW-MIA seat located at the top of section 115 under the American flag. The chair was unveiled during Wednesday night’s Lady Topper basketball game and again during the men’s game Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT against Texas Arlington.

Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public on American POWs and MIAs from previous wars and to help protect and provide veterans from all wars.

Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Ross was a prisoner of war in North Korea from 1950-53. Ross will join Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 2 from Glasgow and Chapter 3 from Bowling Green in unveiling the honorary chair in Diddle.

“I think it’s great that the university agreed to allow this because to me, it’s a symbolic chair that honors those who went through hardships and the sacrifices they went through,” Ross said. “I was a participant in the Korean war, and it’s been called the forgotten war. Anything they can do to help remember those people, which were my friends and buddies that didn’t make it back, I’m grateful for.”

WKU will be the first school in Kentucky to have designate a chair in honor of POWs and MIAs. President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 from Glasgow, Jimmie Dixon, said the universitie’s contribution to military service members is the main reason why they wanted WKU to be the first to unveil the chair.

“We really wanted to get Western into it because they have been so good with working with our veterans and this area for textbooks for troops and tuition reduction for our veterans,” Dixon said.

Stadiums across the country like Gillett Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., home of the NFL’s New England Patriots, and the university of Toledo have already installed the honorary chairs. Associate athletic director of marketing, Lindsay Boyden, said the university plans to add a seat to more venues on campus.

Action is already in place to install a chair to be unveiled Smith Stadium near gate one when the Toppers host Army in the fall.

“We formally do not have a plan yet for other venues, but it will be in our plan, we’re just taking it one thing at a time,” Boyden said. “We decided that it was something we definitely wanted to do. It doesn’t take a ton of money but it was something we thought was right and something people really don’t thing about.

“Obviously no one ever sits in it. It’s meant to just remind people that there are people missing in action still, and it’s just a way to honor that thought.”

 
 
Posted in on Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:53 am.

Christmas Eve at TJ

" The Rolling Thunder ® Kentucky Chapter 2 Christmas Eve At TJ Samson Community Hospital helping Santa deliver gift to kids that was going to be in the Hospital on Christmas.. Photo By David K. Dixon "."

" The Rolling Thunder ® Kentucky Chapter 2 Christmas Eve At TJ Samson Community Hospital Santa giving gifts to a little girl in the hospital.. Photo By David K. Dixon "."

" The Rolling Thunder ® Kentucky Chapter 2 Christmas Eve At TJ Samson Community Hospital Santa delivering gifts to a little boy. Photo By David K. Dixon"."

" The Rolling Thunder ® Kentucky Chapter 2 Christmas Eve At TJ Samson Community Hospital Santa delivering gifts to a little boy that was going to be in the hospital on Christmas.. Photo By David K. Dixon "."

" The Rolling Thunder ® Kentucky Chapter 2 Christmas Eve At Girls Home helping Santa deliver gifts to kids that was going to be away from there family during Christmas. Photo By David K. Dixon "."

Rolling Thunder® Kentucky Chapter 2 went to TJ Samson Community Hospital on Christmas Eve to Escort Santa around to the children that would have to spend Christmas in the hospital. Rolling Thunder, INC was been visiting TJ Samson Hospital on Christmas Eve morning since 2007 bring a little joy to the children that have to be in the hospital on Christmas. Thanks to our Santa (Skip Melton) who since 2007 has set aside this morning to make this event special for the children. After leaving the hospital we went along with Santa and Tony Robertson from Papa Johns and Barren County Foster Parents Association to deliver gifts to the girls home and other needy families in Glasgow-Barren County. What a great we all had. Merry Christmas.

Flag Rising at HealthSouth Lakeview Rehab Center

"Rolling Thunder ® Inc KY Chapter President Jimmie Dixon, Doyle Tallmge and Roy Dail raising POW/MIA Flag at Flag Rising at HealthSouth Lakeview Rehab Center . Photo By Linda Pitman"."

Flag Raising in Elizabethtown in Honor of Doyle Tallmage our former president of RT and past Marine who was a patient at HealthSouth Lakeview rehab center who had stroke this past summer and had no use of his hand, leg and could not speak and is now authorized to ride a motorcycle again.

Rolling Thunder® Inc Kentucky Chapter 2 Members Kenth Robertson, Rob Freeman Roy Dail, Dana Robbins and James Meadows paying Honors to the POW/MIA Flag " Photo By Linda Pitman "."

Medical Musical Group Concert

"Rolling Thunder® Inc KY CH2 Member Unfolding POW/MIA Flag at WKU Van Meter auditorium during the Medical Musical Group Concert . Photo By Linda Pitman "."

The Medical Musical Group Orchestra concert at WKU Van Meter auditorium in honor of Veterans Day and Rolling Thunder® Inc Kentucky Chapter 2 did a POW-MIA flag unfolding in honor of those that can't speak for themselves. The orchestra travels around the country and puts on these concerts throughout the year. .

Flag Raising At Freedom Kentucky

"The POW/MIA Flag at freedom Kentucky"
Photo By Rolling Thunder® INC Kentucky Chapter 2"."

Rolling Thunder ® Inc Chapter 2 Kentucky Donated A flag to the Freedom Center. Special thanks to the Barren County JROCTC for Rising the Flag.

"The POW/MIA Flag at freedom Kentucky In the Picture Cadet Humphrey’s"
Photo By Rolling Thunder® INC Kentucky Chapter 2"."

Motorcycle Give Away!

Rolling Thunder, INC National Chapter is giving a 2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited. Drawing for bike will be held in Washington DC on May 27, 2014 at Rolling Thunder Ride to the Wall. Tickets are 1 ticket for $10.00 donation and proceeds go to help American Veterans. If you would like to get a ticket or tickets email info@rollingthunderky2.com

Pages

Subscribe to rollingthunderky2.com RSS