This fall, The University of Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium and Donald W. Reynolds Center became the fourth and fifth venues in the state of Oklahoma to have a POW/MIA Chair of Honor located in the facility.
Prior to the Sept. 30 Tulsa-Navy football game, Rolling Thunder Oklahoma (the Oklahoma Chapter of National Veteran Advocacy with a mission of prisoner of war and missing in action awareness) dedicated and unveiled a POW/MIA Chair of Honor at Chapman Stadium. The ceremony was held inside the stadium gates off Thomas Plaza near the press box entrance.
Then, on Nov. 13, prior to the 2017 Annual Mayor’s Cup basketball game, a special POW/MIA Chair of Honor was dedicated in the Reynolds Center. The ceremony, which was held on the concourse, included speeches by Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, university President Gerard Clancy and Vice President/Director of Athletics Derrick Gragg. (Clancy served in the U.S. Air Force and is one of only a small number of veterans currently serving as a university president.)
Both unoccupied seats will be reserved forever at The University of Tulsa to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Rolling Thunder Oklahoma and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command work to help bring America’s fallen soldiers home to identify and bury them in their final resting place. Since World War I, there are still more than 82,000 American service members missing or unaccounted for including 187 from Oklahoma.
Tulsa’s ONEOK Field and BOK Center and the state capitol in Oklahoma City were the first three venues to have unoccupied seats dedicated to POW/MIAs.