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Pats to permanently leave seat unoccupied for POW/MIAs

In honor of Veteran's Day, which lands on a Sunday this year, the New England Patriots will pay permanent tribute to those in the military who never made it home again.

Via CSNNE.com, a seat permanently will be left empty for all servicemen and women who were either missing in action or who remain prisoners of war.

"What an exciting day," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said at the Friday unveiling. "Thank you all for coming here today. This is pretty cool and just another small way we have a chance to support all the great military folks who do so many great things for this country and in many ways are still under-appreciated in my opinion."

Gillette Stadium is the first pro sports venue to dedicate a seat in this way.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/10/pats-to-leave-seat-unoccupied-for-powmias/
I can appreciate the gesture, as it seems sincere. It just feels a little out of place at a football game to me.
I don't get it
why not let them on the field doe?
Great gesture.

Personally, it would be great if they had a section for wounded vets where they could come in and watch the games for free.