All those who fought and served their country when they received
the call were men and women of courage, judgment, integrity, and
dedication. Where does dedication end? You can never put an end to
dedication. After all, those who remain Prisoners of War or are still
Missing in Action serve with never-ending dedication. For
them, it can never be over. We can never let their sacrifices,
or them, be forgotten.
POW - a prisoner of war (POW) is a person who is held by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict. The earliest recorded usage of the phrase "prisoner of war" dates to 1660.
MIA - missing in action (MIA) is a casualty classification assigned to combatants when their remains nor grave has been positively identified.
POW/MIA Flag - a symbol of respect and remembrance for the prisoners of war and missing in action. The flag is black and shows a white silhouette of a POW, head bowed, with a fence and guard tower behind him. The flag also has the motto "You Are Not Forgotten."
POW/MIA Remembrance Table
The table is round - to show our everlasting concern.
The tablecloth is white - symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
The single red rose - reminds us of the lives of these Americans---and the loved ones and friends who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The yellow ribbon - symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return, and determination to account for them.
A slice of lemon - reminds us of their bitter fate, captured or missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt - symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families.
The lighted candle - reflects our hope for their return.
The glass is inverted - symbolizing their inability to share a toast.
The chair is empty - they are MISSING.