Another year has come and gone, and we still do not have the fullest accountability of our POW-MIA’S from all wars. We, as leaders andmembers of the greatest veterans organization, must keep this issue in the forefront of the public and our nation’s leaders. The families of these POW/MIAs still need to know what happened to their loved ones and have closure.  We need to continue to call for a full accounting of those who are stillmissing, and hopefully in the near future we will all have closure.




The table is set for five, representing the five branches of our Armed Forces, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. It is filled with symbolism and this table is a way of symbolizing those that are missing from our midst, who are commonly called POW/MIA’S.


The table set for five symbolizes the frailty of the prisoners alone against their oppressors.


The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.


The single rose displayed in the vase is symbolic of the families and loved ones who keep the faith waiting for their return.


The red ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breast of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing and the return of all live POW’S and all those left on foreign soil.


The slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of their bitter fate.


There is salt on the bread plate which is symbolic of the families tears as they wait.


The chairs are empty, they are not here.....

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