A new memorial in the Kenosha County Administration Building will debut this week.
A POW/MIA Honor Chair will be located in the lobby outside of the County Board chambers and the county executive’s office.
This memorial, donated by Chapter 2 of the Wisconsin Branch of Rolling Thunder Inc., is intended to serve as a permanent reminder of these veterans’ sacrifice.
The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday in the County Board chambers on the third floor of the Administration Building, 1010 56th St..
“I am pleased to add this solemn memorial to those servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives for our country,” said County Executive Jim Kreuser. “This will be here for years to come, for people to come and learn and reflect on these heroic warriors.”
The Chair of Honor is a perpetually empty chair, left open for those who have not returned from service.
“As of Aug. 21, 2019, the Department of Defense still lists 81,641 service members and associated civilians as being unaccounted for — missing in action — from World War II to the present,” said Steve Tindall, of Chapter 2 of the Wisconsin Branch of Rolling Thunder Inc.
“This number is only slightly less than the total population of the city of Kenosha and also represents the hundreds of thousands of family members who will never receive closure for their loved ones.”