Freedom is NOT Free

This page is in honor of our POWs/MIAs

THE POW/MIA TABLE

AS YOU ENTERED THE DINING AREA, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED A TABLE AT THE FRONT, RAISED TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO ITS PURPOSE – IT IS RESERVED TO HONOR OUR MISSING COMRADES IN ARMS.

SET FOR ONE, THE EMPTY PLACE REPRESENTS OUR MEN AND WOMEN STILL MISSING.  THIS HONORS CEREMONY SYMBOLIZES THAT THEY ARE WITH US, HERE IN SPIRIT
 
ALL AMERICANS SHOULD NEVER FORGET THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ANSWERED OUR NATION‘S CALL TO SERVE THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM IN A SPECIAL WAY.
 
WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF THE ITEMS ON THIS SPECIAL TABLE.
   
THE TABLE IS ROUND – TO SHOW OUR EVERLASTING CONCERN FOR OUR MISSING MEN AND WOMEN.
   
THE TABLECLOTH IS WHITE – SYMBOLIZING THE PURITY OF THEIR MOTIVES WHEN ANSWERING THE CALL TO DUTY.
   
 THE SINGLE RED ROSE, DISPLAYED IN A VASE, REMINDS US OF THE LIFE OF EACH OF THE MISSING, AND THE LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS OF THESE AMERICANS WHO KEEP THE FAITH, AWAITING ANSWERS.
    
THE VASE IS TIED WITH A RED RIBBON, SYMBOL OF OUR CONTINUED DETERMINATION TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR MISSING.
   
A SLICE OF LEMON ON THE BREAD PLATE IS TO REMIND US OF THE BITTER FATE OF THOSE CAPTURED AND MISSING IN A FOREIGN LAND.

 A PINCH OF SALT SYMBOLIZES THE TEARS ENDURED BY THOSE MISSING AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO SEEK ANSWERS.
   
 THIS GLASS IS INVERTED – TO SYMBOLIZE THEIR INABILITY TO SHARE THIS EVENING‘S TOAST.
   
 THE CHAIR is EMPTY – THEY ARE MISSING.
 
LET US RAISE OUR WATER GLASSES IN A TOAST TO HONOR AMERICA‘S PRISONERS OF WAR  AND TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOUNT FOR THEM.
   
The military is filled with symbolism.  Those listed as prisoners of war, missing in action, or killed in action are warriors who have served and those currently serving in the uniformed services of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. 
   
 We are compelled to never forget that as we enjoy our daily lives, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agony of torture, deprivation, imprisonment, and separation from family and friends.  We remember and honor them at this event.  We must also be mindful of those Airmen currently deployed to protect our cherished liberties and freedom.