U.S. Air Force Capt. Ralph Galati of Upper Darby observed the 46th anniversary of his homecoming as a Vietnam prisoner of war by helping unveil a POW/MIA Chair of Honor at Rothman Institute’s Bryn Mawr office, writes Ronnie Polaneczky for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Capt. Galati, who was held captive for 406 days before his release, joined Ed Tufaro, Rothman Institute’s senior vice president of operations, in the unveiling ceremony.
The chair, the third for Rothman, is dedicated to the memory of U.S. Navy Lt. Junior Grade Edward Leon Romig, whose plane was lost over the waters of South Vietnam on June 17, 1966. His remains were never recovered.
Memorial chairs, found in public spaces nationwide, are empty and cordoned off. They include a plaque, as well as American and POW/MIA flags.
The Bryn Mawr plaque reads: “You are not forgotten. Since World War II, more than 82,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of those brave men and women and to the sacrifice each made in serving our country.”
Rothman plans to install a POW/MIA chair in each of its 34 offices.
Read more about Capt. Galati and the POW/MIA Chair of Honor in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.