LSU Unveils Beautiful Football Stadium Tribute to POW/MIAs
College football fans are among some of the most patriotic sports fans in the country – and that’s especially true in the Southeastern Conference.
For the sake of full disclosure, I’m a Tennessee Volunteer. I wear orange on game day, memorized General Neyland’s seven maxims and know all the lyrics to Rocky Top.
The Southeastern Conference is home to some of the greatest football programs and coaches and players and rivalries in the nation.
But when it comes to honoring America – SEC football fans don’t bleed crimson or orange or purple and gold. They bleed red, white and blue. You won't see our football players taking a knee on game day.
And that brings me to something that happened the other day at Tiger Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State University – a place known to football fans as Death Valley.
On Thursday LSU unveiled a “Chair of Honor” – a permanent tribute to American prisoners of war and soldiers who are missing in action.
The chair is located in the north end zone – where the LSU football team takes the field.
Alongside the “Chair of Honor” is a plaque reading:
“This unoccupied seat is in honor of those who are still prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA) and symbolizes there will always be a place in this stadium awaiting their return.”
The “Chair of Honor” will remain empty and will be guarded on each side during home football games by members of the LSU Corps of Cadets, the university said in a prepared statement.
“We are extremely honored to be part of this program,” athletics director Joe Alleva said. “LSU has such a rich military tradition and to be able to pay tribute to those who served our country in Tiger Stadium with the “Chair of Honor” is something we are proud of.”
That’s mighty classy, LSU. Mighty classy.
Photos courtesy of LSU Tigers