POW - MIA RECOGNITION DAY - NORMALLY THE THIRD SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

Let Them Not Be Forgotten

A SPECIAL TABLE SET IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR POW & MIA

The table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst.  They are commonly called POW-MIA, we call then "Brothers".  They are unable to be with us today, so we REMEMBER them because of  their fate.  The table  set for one, is small symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.

The table is round  (normally) - To show our everlasting concern for our missing men.

The tablecloth is white - Symbolizing the purity of their intentions when answering their country's  call to duty.

The single red rose - Displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of our Comrade-In- Arms and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, awaiting their return..

The vase is tied with a red ribbon - Symbolizing that which is worn on the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.

A slice of lemon - On the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing from all wars.

A pinch of salt - Symbolizes the tears shed by those missing and their families as they wait.

The Bible - Represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country,  founded as one nation under God, as they cannot pray with us today.

The glass is inverted - To symbolize their inability to share a meal

The chair remains empty - They are missing.

Remember all of you who served with them and called them Comrades and who depended upon their might and aid and relied upon them, for surely, They have not forsaken you.  Let us Remember and never forget, for they gave all they had.

 

POW MENU IN VIETNAM

 

SOUP - Heavy on broth, easy on vegetables (pumpkin, squash, cabbage)
MEAT - Fat or chicken parts in soup (heads, feet)
VEGETABLES - Mushy green beans
BREAD - Small loaf of soda bread
BEVERAGE - Water or plain tea
RICE - Treat on Sundays and Holidays

Add water to contents of bag and you will experience the unseasoned and boring, but life sustaining food served to POWs.

REMEMBER THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR PRAYERS