The National POW/MIA Recognition Day honors those still missing from our Nation’s past wars and conflicts and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose remains have not yet been recovered and returned home.
This poster depicts the Missing Man Table and there is special significance to each item that is displayed. Set for four, the missing personnel from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force are represented at the table. The round table shows everlasting concern. The table cloth is white symbolizing the purity of the servicemen’s motives when answering the call to duty. A single red rose is displayed in a vase as a reminder of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith while seeking answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon symbolizing the continued determination to account for them. A slice of lemon is a reminder of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land. The salt symbolizes the tea s shed by those missing and their families who long for answers to end years of uncertainty. The lighted candle reflects hope for their return to their families and our Nation. The inverted glass symbolizes the servicemen’s inability to share an evening toast.
The chairs are empty; they are missing. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held each year on the third Friday in September. On September 20, 2013, ceremonies will be held across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the missing servicemen and their families, including the March Field POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at the Cultural Resource Center today at 10:00 a.m. For additional information about National POW/MIA Recognition Day, visit the Defense POW/Missing Personnel website at: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo.