Something pretty special happened at the U.S. Capitol this week. At a ceremonial unveiling of a commemorative POW/MIA chair, leaders from both parties and both chambers of Congress came together to recognize the tremendous sacrifice of our service members and their families.

The chair stands as a touching tribute to all those veterans who have not returned home.

The inscription above the chair reads:

“Let this empty chair serve as a memorial to those who served in the military of our great nation, but have not returned home to us. They are Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. America will forever be grateful for your bravery and sacrifice to our nation. We will never forget.”

Next time you visit the Capitol Visitor’s Center, be sure to take time to see the memorial for yourself, and as you do so, try to set aside a moment to say a prayer or thank a veteran standing nearby.

Congressional leaders unveil the POW/MIA chair in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

Congressional leaders unveil the POW/MIA chair in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), who was a Prisoner of War in Hanoi Hilton for seven years, sees the memorial chair for the first time.

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), who was a Prisoner of War at Hanoi Hilton for seven years, sees the memorial chair for the first time.