Keeping the Promise, You are Not Forgotten on POW/MIA Recognition Day
by Michelle Carr Crowe, Silicon Valley guide
"Keeping the Promise" that "You are Not Forgotten" is a precious one for United States Prisoners of War and Missing in Action and their loved ones. Every third Friday in September, the U.S. honors our military POW/MIAs and their families on National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Say a prayer of thanks for their service, and for the protection, health and release of prisoners of war, and for the truth and closure for those missing in action.
Humbly consider the elements in the image of the 2013 National POW/MIA Recognition Day's poster showing the "Missing Man Table".
The United States Flag, the National League of Families' POW/MIA Flag and Department of Defense Seal show the united purpose and resolve of the U.S. government, servicepeople and families to honor and return Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action home to America.
From the white tablecloth symbolizing purity of service and formal uniform dress hats representing all four branches of service-Army, Air Force, Navy and Martines, to the missing chairs and turned down glasses showing these worthies are not with us nor able to partake, the imagery touches the heart.
The individual slices of lemon on each plate represent the bitterness of captivity and separation from hearth and home. The salt symbolizes the tears shed by loved ones.
The red rose and red ribbon signify the life of the POW/MIAs and the determination of the U.S. government and learn the truth about loved ones and return them home. The "dog tags" or military identification each serviceperson wears, demands the respect of answers and resolution.
The lit candle represents the hope of all U.S. citizens for the safe return of all POW/MIAs.
Lift up prayers for all U.S. Prisoners of War and Missing in Action today.
The most recent list of newly accounted for military personnel can be found at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/accounted_for.
To find out about particular military personnel who are POW/MIA, contact the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/pow_day.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day events are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The other five dates are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
The National League of Families' POW/MIA flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.
Thank you for reading about "Keeping the Promise", "You Are Not Forgotten" on POW/MIS Recognition Day.