Jan. 28, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Athletics has partnered with Rolling Thunder, Inc., to raise awareness for American Prisoners of War-Missing in Action (POW-MIA), and an honorary POW-MIA seat at E.A. Diddle Arena will be unveiled during Wednesday's Lady Topper game against Texas-Arlington and Thursday's Hilltopper game against the Mavericks. Both games tip off at 7:00 PM (CT).
The honorary POW-MIA seat at E.A. Diddle Arena is now permanently located at the top of Section 115 under the American flag.
Rolling Thunder, Inc., is a national non-profit organization with the mission of educating the public on American POWs and MIAs from previous wars and helping protect and provide for American veterans from all wars.
Helping unveil the seat for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday will be Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 2 from Glasgow and Chapter 3 from Bowling Green, as well as retired Command Sergeant Major Charles Ross, who joined the United States Army in February 1947 and was a prisoner of war in North Korea from November 10, 1950 until September 1, 1953.
"I would like to thank WKU Athletics for their great response to the Chair of Honor program started by the Rolling Thunder, Inc., national chapter, and we appreciate that WKU Athletics felt this was a great way to honor those who cannot be with us today," Jimmie Dixon, President of Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 2 said. "This program was started to not let our POWs' and MIAs' memories be lost, and this Chair of Honor means a lot to families of POWs and MIAs and veterans from all wars."
Both the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers play at E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday, in addition to the midweek games. The Lady Toppers host Texas State at 4:30 PM (CT) on Saturday, and the Hilltoppers follow against the Bobcats at 7:00.