Toledo To Designate Seat in Glass Bowl for POWs/MIAs

By DJ Byrnes on October 17, 2013 at 11:22a
Never Forgotten.

Per the University of Toledo:

TOLEDO – The University of Toledo will designate a permanently unoccupied seat in the Glass Bowl in honor of military service personnel who were or are prisoners of war (POW) or have been declared missing in action (MIA). A dedication ceremony will take place prior to this Saturday’s football game vs. Navy.  Kickoff for the game is 12:00 noon (ESPNews) with the ceremony slated to begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Participating in the ceremony will be UT President Lloyd Jacobs, a former Marine; United States Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller; UT vice-president and athletic director Mike O’Brien; and United States Navy Reserve Lieutenant Haraz Ghanbari, the military liaison at UT.

“We are honored to be able to recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women in our armed forces,” said Mike O’Brien. “This seat in the Glass Bowl will serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by those individuals who were prisoners of war or who never came home after serving their country.”

Not much else needs to be said about this 100% class gesture.


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ToledoBuckeye's picture

As a proud 2x alumnus of The University of Toledo and a Veteran of the world's greatest Navy I think this is a great idea I am very proud of my Alma Mater!  Go Rockets!

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

BuckeyeChief's picture

Did you attend classes there or while you were in? Did you take advantage of their "free" program?

"2014 National with it!!!"

ToledoBuckeye's picture

Nope, I didn't know about that when I was in.  I did work in the Military Service Center for 3 years there so I know a lot of people take advantage of it.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

BuckeyeChief's picture

Hmmm, we may have talked on the phone at one point.

"2014 National with it!!!"

ToledoBuckeye's picture

If it was sometime between 2008 and 2011 then we probably did.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

BuckeyeChief's picture

It was.

"2014 National with it!!!"

buckeyedude's picture

You guys are like brothers, from different mothers!



pjtobin's picture


Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Good for the Rrrrrrrockets!
However, I still have to root for BGSU in the MAC.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

I hope other universities do the same. It's a fantastic way to honor our POWs and MIA troops, as well as just being a nice tribute to our servicemen and women in general.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Just another example of the amazingness that is Toledo, Ohio!

smithwessonBuckeye's picture

Wow. This is cool. I can't think of anything to say that would be able to justify the awesomeness of this honor to those who have sacrificed more than any of us can understand.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Great to hear!

"2014 National with it!!!"

theOSUdug's picture

Keeping it classy in the 419

BSTP DeCon's picture

As a 2 time OIF veteran, I was wondering when something like this would be established. Very classy gesture of the University of Toledo!

buckeyedude's picture

Great to hear some good news finally come out of my hometown.



Hovenaut's picture

That's from a MAC school ladies and gentlemen. 
Well done to Mike O'Brien and all the folks behind this decision. 

northcampus's picture

Sometimes, I wish the bigger schools would take a few cues from the MAC schools.  Some schools are busy trying to play football games on race tracks or trying to determine an alternate uniform for every darn game while other schools are making an effort to honor our brave soldiers.
MAC 1, 'power' conferences, 0.

nw_ohio_Buckeye's picture

As a proud University of Toledo alumnus I send my wholehearted congratulations and appreciation for this well deserved honor. Way to Go Rockets!

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" ~ Woody Hayes 

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02...