North­eastern will unveil a memo­rial on Friday evening at Matthews Arena in recog­ni­tion of ser­vice mem­bers who have gone missing in action or who were pris­oners of war.

The memo­rial, which fea­tures a black chair along with a plaque bearing the mes­sage “You Are Not For­gotten,” is the first of its kind to be installed in an indoor arena at a U.S. col­lege or uni­ver­sity. It is located at the top of sec­tion 12, in the north­east corner of the arena.

Since World War I, more than 91,000 sol­diers are unac­counted for,” the plaque reads. “This unoc­cu­pied seat is ded­i­cated to the memory of those brave men and women and to the sac­ri­fices each made serving this country.” The memo­rial will be unveiled at a cer­e­mony at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena prior to the men’s hockey game against Providence.

The men and women we lost to war deserve our grat­i­tude every day,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “They sac­ri­ficed every­thing, and we stand together to honor their inspiring legacy.”

Photo by Mariah Tauger.

Photo by Mariah Tauger.

North­eastern admin­is­tra­tors worked to estab­lish the memo­rial in con­junc­tion with the Mass­a­chu­setts chapter of Rolling Thunder, a non­profit ded­i­cated to bringing aware­ness to and holding the gov­ern­ment account­able for POWs and MIAs. Rolling Thunder has led sim­ilar efforts in Mass­a­chu­setts and across the country, installing memo­rials at other public loca­tions and in-​​state sports facil­i­ties such as Fenway Park, Gillette Sta­dium, and TD Garden.

The memo­rial reaf­firms Northeastern’s long­standing com­mit­ment to the nation’s vet­erans and aligns with the university’s national secu­rity research and initiatives.

Northeastern’s Vet­erans Memo­rial, ded­i­cated in 2006, bears the names of men and women from North­eastern who have given their lives for their country. Located adja­cent to the Egan Research Center on Neal F. Finnegan Plaza,  it serves as the site for the university’s annual Vet­erans Day ceremony.

Northeastern’s Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion pro­vides stu­dent vet­erans with career ser­vices, advo­cacy, sup­port, and other pro­gram­ming and resources. Last year, SVO was rec­og­nized as the Stu­dent Vet­erans of America’s top U.S. chapter.

The uni­ver­sity has hosted an ROTC pro­gram on campus since 1950, and at one time it was one of the largest com­pletely vol­un­teer ROTC units in the country with about 2,800 cadets. The cur­rent ROTC for­ma­tion, Lib­erty Bat­talion, includes cadets from sev­eral schools in the Boston area.

Along with health and sus­tain­ability, secu­rity is one of the university’s core research themes. North­eastern is home to the Depart­ment of Home­land Security-​​funded Center for Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​Related Threats and the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity. In 2012, North­eastern was des­ig­nated a National Center of Aca­d­emic Excel­lence in Cyber Oper­a­tions by the National Secu­rity Agency.