|MIA/POW Missing Man Table Ceremony
|As you entered the dining area, you may have noticed a special table , raised to call your
attention to its purpose. It’s reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms.
Set for five, the empty places represent Americans still missing from each of the five services
-- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. This Honors Ceremony symbolizes
that they are with us, here in spirit.
Please remain seated, and join me in a moment of silent prayer, as the Honor Guard places the
five service hat on the table.
I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.
The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing...Remember
The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their
country's call to duty...Remember
The lone candle symbolizes the frailty of a prisoner, alone trying to stand up against his
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, as well
as the loved ones and friends who keep the faith, awaiting answers...Remember
The yellow ribbon tied to the vase, is a symbol of our continued determination to account for
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...Remember
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country,
founded as one nation under God...Remember
The glass is inverted – they cannot toast with us this night...Remember
The chairs, the chairs are empty -- THEY ARE STILL MISSING!
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South Carolina Chapter 5