On this day, Independence Day, the most patriotic day each year in America, the Boston Red Sox did something that is getting shockingly little recognition. The Red Sox have dedicated a seat to all POW/MIA leaving an open seat in their honor and a plaque stating, amongst other things, “you are not forgotten”.
Granted, they are not the first team to do this. The New England Patriots unveiled a POW/MIA seat last year, and I have found some minor league teams that have as well. Whenever something is done for our troops I like to tip my cap to them as my dad was a Marine, brother-in-law serves in the Army, and have several military ties through my family’s history as well as my fiance’s family history. That being said, the one group of individuals serving our country that seem to be overlooked are those that are currently prisoners of war or missing in action.
Their families do not have any closure or even knowledge of the well being of their loved ones. So with the Red Sox unveiling the plaque and seat, I find it to be a great gesture to those families of soldiers that are POW/MIA.
I cannot say it any better than the plaque itself, so I will go ahead and quote it:
You are not forgotten
Since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for.
This unoccupied seat is in dedication to the memory of those brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving this country
God bless you. God Bless America
Well done Red Sox, well done.