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                           POW/MIA TABLE CEREMONY



This table set for one is small, symbolizing the helplessness of one person,

alone against his oppressors. They are referred to as POW/MIAs

we call them family.

The tablecloth is white for the purity of their intentions in responding to

their Country’s call to arms.

A slice of lemon is on the plate to remind us of their bitter fate, there is

salt, symbolic of the tears shed by those who wait.

The single rose displayed in the vase reminds us of the

families and friends of our missing comrades.

The red ribbon tied prominently on the vase reminds us of the red ribbons

worn on the lapels and breasts of the thousands who demand, with

unyielding determination, a proper accounting of our brothers and sisters.

The candle is the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their

way home, out of the hands of their oppressors and into the arms of a

grateful nation.

The glass is inverted, for they can not toast with us.

The chair is empty, for they are not here.

Let us pray to the Supreme Commander that our brothers and sisters will

soon again be among our ranks.

Do not let them be forgotten, for surely they have not forgotten us.


 Created for American Legion Post #51 Lebanon, Oregon

Sep-Oct 22

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