16 Sep 2011: POW-MIA Remembrance DayTABLE SET UP:
- In Honor of POW's and MIA's: 16 SEP 2011 is POW-MIA Day
"Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony"
In remembrance of those still missing and those who suffered capture, the following is included in all formal military dining events, called a "Dining In" in the Army:
Explanations of the ceremonial table and what we place there:This table set for one is small... It symbolizes the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors.
The tablecloth is white... It symbolizes the purity of their intentions responding to their country's call to arms.
The single rose displayed in a vase... It reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades in arms who keep faith awaiting their return.
The red ribbon... Tied on the vase, is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn by thousands who bear witness to their determination to demand proper accounting for our missing.
A slice of lemon... Is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.
There is salt... Upon the bread plate symbolic of family tears as they wait.
The glass is inverted... They cannot toast us today.
The chair is empty... They are not here.
Remember all of you who served with them and called them comrades. You who depended on their might and aid and relied upon them. Do not forsake them. Pray for them and remember!
And there is much more here. Go read, and remember our POW/MIA's.