The Ashtabula Area City Schools dedicated a POW/MIA Chair of Honor during the Lakeside High School Military Appreciation Night/Little Dragon Night football game Friday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. Retired and Active Military received FREE Admission to the football game with their Military ID. AACS student’s grades K-6 and seniors over 60 also received free admission for this event.

The dedication ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors performed by the Dewey Howlett American Legion Post 103 Color Guard, Bonnie Adley, Frank Adley, Len Jury, Carl DiDonato and Erik Wiser.

The Little Dragons lined the field proudly displaying their American Flags leading the Pledge of Allegiance with the Lakeside High School and Junior High School Cheerleaders. The National Anthem was honorably performed by the Lakeside High School Dragon Marching Band.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Potts led a Moment of Silence to honor our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifices as well as the tens of thousands of soldiers still listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. Dr. Potts acknowledged and recognized all attending veterans and their families for their service.

“This unoccupied chair honors those who are Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA) and symbolizes there will always be a place in the Lakeside High School Stadium awaiting their return. You will never be forgotten.” Dr. Potts recited from the inscription on the Dedication Plaque.

Erik Wiser, Dewey Howlett American Legion Post 103 Color Guard member, unveiled the POW/MIA Chair of Honor followed by a salute.

“Tonight the Ashtabula School Community is honored to salute and thank our veterans for their service to our country and for protecting the freedoms and rights we are all blessed with and hold so dear.” Dr. Potts expressed.

Dr. Mark Potts acknowledged Hussey Seating for their donation of the POW/MIA Chair of Honor and Dik Pavolino for this idea and his willingness to have the chair donated. “And especially thank the Brave American Heroes that this chair and ceremony tonight are meant to honor.” Dr. Potts continued.            

“This chair is a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of more than 80,000 U.S. Service Members that remain classified as POW/MIA and will be on display at Lakeside’s Stadium to forever remind us of our military personnel that are missing or are prisoners in our nation’s military conflicts.” Dr. Potts said. 

Dr. Potts concluded the ceremony thanking the veterans for their service to our country.

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