The third Friday of each September is designated National POW/MIA Recognition Day to honor those, and the families of those, who served and never came home and those who endured captivity at the hands of the enemy. You may see a display similar to the one pictured here. This is what it means:
This Table set for one is small—Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. Remember!
The Tablecloth is white—Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. Remember!
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!
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!
The Candle, the candle is lit—Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. Remember!
A Slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember!
There is Salt upon the bread plate—Symbolic of the families tears as they wait. Remember!
The Glass is inverted—They cannot toast with us this night. Remember!
The Chair—The chair is empty. They are not here. Remember!
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!
Remember!—Until the day they come home, Remember!