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Chair to serve as Derry POW/MIA memorial

DERRY — In remembrance of the 92,000 military POWs and MIAs since World War I, Derry Town Councilors recently approved a plan to permanently place a memorial chair within the Town Hall.

Councilors voted 6-0 Tuesday night to begin acquiring the chair to place within the building.

The decision to approve the memorial chair comes after the council was approached earlier this year by the non-profit organization Rolling Thunder. Bob McGuigan, a member of Rolling Thunder, made a presentation to the council on the program that has provided the chairs to towns in New Hampshire and throughout the region.

“Congratulations, thank you so much for bringing this to our attention,” Council Chairman Mark Osborne told members of Rolling Thunder after the vote was taken. “This is something we are all very proud to take part in.”

With 88 chapters throughout the U.S., Rolling Thunder strives to educate the public on the POW/MIA issue.

In the presentation, McGuigan said the program seeks to place the commemorative chairs in some locations within town halls or other public places, such as stadiums. Once a location is selected, the chairs are to remain empty to help remind the public that even though members of the Armed Forces aren’t present, there is still a place for them, according to Rolling Thunder.

The town can provide its own chair or obtain one from Rolling Thunder. Each chair will have the POW/MIA insignia, McGuigan said.The cost of the chair, with delivery provided by Rolling Thunder, is approximately $125, McGuigan said.

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