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Rolling Thunder dedicates 'empty chair' memorial in Marion

MARION, Va. - A symbol representing servicemen and women who never returned home was dedicated in Marion, Virginia Thursday.

The empty chair memorial is now located on the courthouse lawn, along with 700 white crosses, to represent prisoners of war and the military members who have been missing in action from as far back as World War I.

The Johnson City Rolling Thunder chapter dedicated the memorial to local veterans..

"We've been working on this POW-MIA memorial for a couple of years," said mayor David Helms. "I'm glad to see it taking place today and I want our veterans to really know that we appreciate them for what they have done and what they continue to do."

The Town of Marion will be hosting its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, beginning with a parade at 10 a.m.

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