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POW-MIA
Remembrance Ceremony 

Moderator:
 As you entered the banquet hall this evening, you may have noticed a small table in a place of honor. It is set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession  ofarms are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POWs or MIAs,
we call them "Brothers." They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them.
This Table set for one is small -- Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. Remember! (ring bell)
The Tablecloth is white -- Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. Remember! (ring bell)
The single Red Rose -- displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return. Remember! (ring bell)
The Red Ribbon -- tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear
witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember! (ring bell)
The Candle -- the candle is lit -- Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. Remember! (ring bell)
A Slice of Lemon -- is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember! (ring bell)
There is Salt upon the bread plate -- Symbolic of the families tears as they wait. Remember! (ring bell)
The Glass is inverted -- They cannot toast with us this night. Remember! (ring bell)
The Chair -- The chair is empty. They are not here. Remember! (ring bell)
Remember! -- All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and
relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you. Remember! (ring bell)
Remember! -- Until the day they come home, Remember! (ring bell)
 


The above information and descriptions were taken from the website below:
http://www.war-veterans.org/Ceremony.htm

Please visit their site for more information on similar ceremonies.