At this time of year, as well as in the spring, I tend to become very saddened.
Many that I knew were sent off to do their duty and never returned, except under our national banner. Others did return, but they were not complete anymore. Something was missing.
Over the years, I have been charged with honoring these men as they were laid to rest.
I wish to honor these my brothers. Below is one way we have honored these men.
"The POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony"
As you entered the banquet hall this evening, you may have noticed a small table in a place of
honor. It is set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our
profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POWs or MIAs, we
call them "Brothers." They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them.
This Table set for one is small -- Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his
The Tablecloth is white -- Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their
country's call to arms. Remember!
The single Red Rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our
comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return. Remember!
The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon
the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to
demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember!
The Candle, the candle is lit -- Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.
A Slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember!
There is Salt upon the bread plate -- Symbolic of the families tears as they wait. Remember!
The Glass is inverted -- They cannot toast with us this night. Remember!
The Chair -- The chair is empty. They are not here. Remember!
Remember! -- All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended
upon their might and aid, and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you.
Remember! -- Until the day they come home, Remember!
I ask you to forgive me this week as I will most likely post a lot of blogs in this vain.
Be well and rest in peace my brothers.
I miss you all.