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Ballpark installs "Chair of Honor" for those missing in action or prisoners of war


Ballpark installs "Chair of Honor" for those missing in action or prisoners of war

HENDERSONVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION

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The Chair of Honor was dedicated in September. // SUBMITTED

Drakes Creek Park has a new seat behind home plate of one of its baseball fields: a Chair of Honor.

Following the lead of many professional and college stadiums, the memorial honors individuals who are Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.

Hendersonville Parks Director Andy Gilley said he and other baseball coaches came up with the idea this spring, while Gilley was coaching at Hendersonville High School.

“It was very coincidental and lucky that everything got finished and installed the week before National POW Week,” he said.

On Sept. 21 — National POW/MIA Day, Mayor Jamie Clary, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9851 members, JROTC members and HHS baseball athletes gathered for the Chair of Honor’s unveiling.

First Place Trophy in Hendersonville created the plaque.

“It’s a small thing, but I think a lot of people are appreciative that you would remember the POW and MIA folks,” Gilley said.

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