JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 11, 2019) – In conjunction with Heroes Day at Saturday’s football game against Mercer, the ETSU Athletics Department has announced a commemorative plan of action to honor those who have served, those who have fallen in the line of duty and those who continue to serve today.
ETSU has partnered with RTTN4 (Rolling Thunder, Inc. Tennessee Chapter 4) and has placed an empty black chair inside Greene Stadium to honor the more than 91,000 POW/MIAs that have never returned home from all previous foreign wars. The “Gone But Not Forgotten” Empty Chair project is a means to publicly remember the unaccounted POW/MIAs with the first one being placed on Monday, May 26, 2008 at the Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tenn. Updates were made to the original design and the installment was dedicated at Bristol Motor Speedway in March , 2011. As of November 2017, a total of 21 “Missing Man” chairs had been installed and dedicated at various public places, all within the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities in Tennessee and Virginia.
“It is a privilege to say thank you and pay tribute to the men and women who serve our great country,” stated Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Carter. “From those that serve today, to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice; we are forever in your debt. It is our hope that the “Freedom E” and dedication of the “Gone But Not Forgotten” chair remind every Buccaneer that Freedom is not Free. We are filled with gratitude and reverence this Veterans Day and take great pride in honoring the Heroes of America this Saturday inside Greene Stadium.”
In addition to the empty chair, the Bucs will also be donning an ETSU logo on the helmet with the American Flag making up the colors inside the logo in place of the traditional blue and gold colors.
ETSU will honor service men and women as well as first responders with presentations and announcements throughout the duration of the game. The Bucs would also like to extend an invitation to attend the game FREE OF CHARGE to all service men and women, as well as the first responders.
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