EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon baseball team and the Eugene Emeralds have teamed up to honor the men and women of the military who never returned from fighting for the United States of America. The two organizations have painted a stadium seat in PK Park black with the POW/MIA logo to honor those soldiers and sailors who were captured or lost while serving.
Seat 1, row 14, section 11 will remain unoccupied at all Ducks and Ems games to honor all American soldiers and sailors who never returned. The seat will be recognized through a public address announcement prior to Friday night's Civil War game with Oregon State during the presentation of the colors before the national anthem.
"Honoring the true heroes who have given their lives for our country is something we should do more often," Oregon head baseball coach George Horton said. "Hopefully this tribute at PK Park will serve as a reminder to our players and our fans that others have given the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf."
In a team effort, the Oregon athletic facilities department acquired and installed the black chair, while the Emeralds produced the plaque and UO ticketing identified the seat to serve as the tribute.
According to the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office more than 83,000 American are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War.