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Saturday, 29 July 2017 18:49

This POW/MIA Table was set up inside the Shenandoah VFW Post today (Saturday July 29, 2017). The post was the reception point for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 27-2, for the Bull Run III.

It was a single table set appropriately for a meal but is never used. This special scene honors those who cannot join us at a local Post–prisoners of war or those missing in action. Please reflect when you pass this table knowing that our POW-MIA would give anything to join their family and friends for a meal.


The small table is set for one – symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner.


The table is round – showing our everlasting concern for our POW/MIA’s.

The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of our men and women’s motives when answering the call to duty.


The single red rose – reminding us of the lives of these men and women – their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.


The red ribbon – symbolizes our continued determination to account for them.


A slice of lemon – reminds us of the bitter fate of those missing, captured and held as prisoners in foreign lands.


A pinch of salt – symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.


The Holy Bible – represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under God, to sustain those lost from our midst.


The candle – is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home.


The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.


The chair is empty – they are missing  – (silent moment) – and please remember their service and sacrifice.


Let us honor America’s POW/MIA’s and encourage our government to undertake successful efforts to account for them.