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Patriots unveil tribute to lost soldiers at Gillette Stadium

FOXBOROUGH – The Patriots have dedicated a seat at Gillette Stadium to honor American prisoners of war and missing in action. The black seat is located on the concourse in the stadium’s south zone. It is flanked by American and POW/MIA flags. It is set apart from the regular seating behind the south end zone.

The seat will remain permanently unoccupied in honor of the 91,803 POW/MIA individuals since World War I. Gillette is the first major professional sports venue to feature an unoccupied seat in recognition of POW/MIA personnel.

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Members of the Massachusetts chapter of Rolling Thunder attended an event unveiling the seat. They made one lap on the concourse around the stadium on their motorcycles before parking in the south zone near the seat.

“I hope we roll like that on Sunday against Buffalo,” said Patriots owner Bob Kraft.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.
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