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NATIONAL POW * MIA RECOGNITION DAY

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National POW * MIA Recognition Day will be celebrated on September 19, 2014.

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. This day was established by an Act of Congress, by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. 

It is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown. The POW/MIA flag was first recognized by Public Law 101-355 in 1990. The POW/MIA flag should fly below, and not be larger than the United States flag. It is generally flown immediately below or adjacent to the United States flag as second in order of precedence.

This is an exerpt from the ceremony the Ladies Auxiliary performed on September 20, 2013: 

At the front of the room a round table had been placed with a white tablecloth and it had been set with a complete china place setting with silverware. A glass vase with a red ribbon tied at the base held a single red rose. A Bible was on the table. On the dinner plate was a slice of lemon and on the bread plate was a small pile of salt. The chair at the table was covered with the POW/MIA chair cover.

As the coffee began, our Auxiliary President asked us to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, she stated; "Please remain standing. At the front of the room, you probably noticed the table, which is set to honor our missing veterans. This Honors Ceremony symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit. Many of those in this room were young when they were sent into combat, however, all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nations call and served the cause of freedom.

Please join me in a moment of silent prayer for those not with us today.........

Thank you. .... Please be seated.....

I would now like to take the time to explain the meaning of the items on this special table:

The table is round – to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.

The tablecloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.

The single red rose displayed in a vase, reminds us 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 red ribbon, a 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.

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 this morning's toast.

The chair is empty – for they are not with us.

Please join me in raising our glasses in a toast to honor America's POW/MIA's and to the success of our efforts to account for them."

Friday, September 19, 2014 has been designated as National POW/MIA Recognition day. Plan to find and attend a Recognition Ceremony.

Future dates for POW/MIA Recognition are:

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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