January 28, 2016
The open seat, which is fenced off between an American flag and POW/MIA flag, honors prisoners of war and service members declared missing in action.
Rolling Thunder members, donning leather jackets with biker patches, hats and sunglasses, filed by a lone chair, plaque and set of flags Thursday afternoon at Soldier Field.Rolling Thunder, Illinois Chapter One, members Kandice Jacobs, from leftGary Bills and Dina Derman look at a chair dedicated to prisoners of warand missing in action military personnel after a ceremony at Soldier Fieldon Jan. 28, 2016. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
Some stopped and saluted. A man and woman stood arm in arm and looked at the arrangement.
"America the Beautiful" played over speakers. Later, snow flurries began to fall as several members posed for a photo together.
More than 83,000 military personnel remain missing from conflicts as long ago as World War II, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
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