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On the appropriate Friday in September proclaimed by the President of the United States

as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, our Auxiliary, at our weekly coffee,

hold a very emotional and moving ceremony at the post.

At the front of the room a round table is placed, with a white tablecloth,

and it had been set with a complete china place setting with silverware.

A glass vase, with a red ribbon tied at the base, holds a single red rose.

A Bible is placed on the table.

On the dinner plate is a slice of lemon, and on the bread plate is a small pile of salt.

The chair at the table is covered with the POW/MIA chair cover.

As the coffee begins, our Auxiliary President asks us to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the ceremony is described in detail.

"At the front of the room, you will notice the table, which is set to honor our missing veterans.

This Honors Ceremony symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit.

Many of those here room were young when they were sent into combat, however,

all Americans should never forget the brave men and women

who answered our nations call and served the cause of freedom.

 A moment of silent prayer is offered for those not with us today.........

The meaning of the items on this special table is now explained:

"The table is round – to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.

The tablecloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives

when answering the call of duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing,

and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith,

awaiting answers.

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination

to account for our missing.

A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate

of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing,

and their families who seek answers.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith

to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share this morning's toast.

The chair is empty – for they are not with us.

A toast to honor America's POW/MIA's

and to the success of our efforts to account for them is then offered.


Future dates for POW/MIA Recognition are: