National POW/MIA Recognition Day was observed nationally and locally by VFW Posts and Auxiliaries this past Friday, September 16.
The Auxiliary from V.F.W. Post No. 2173 set up a POW/MIA table display at the Vandalia Public Library.
The POW/MIA table is symbolic of members of the armed forces who have become prisoners of war in foreign countries, as well as those who are missing and unaccounted for. This table is set for one and is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his oppressors.
The solitary candle is reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
The tablecloth is white symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, a reminder of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon shows our continued determination to account for the missing.
A slice of lemon is typically used as a reminder 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.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share the day’s toast.
The chair stands empty to express their absence.