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:: Official Date for the POW * MIA Recognition Day is 21 Sept 2012
POW * MIA Recognition Speech
We’re gathered here to honor those who served our nation as heroes. We commemorate National POW * MIA Recognition Day by remembering the sacrifices made by the brave Americans who were taken prisoner and later released, and remember the sacrifices of the families who are still missing in action.
Since the first World War more than 140+,000 Americans Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen have been held as prisoners of war (POWs).
Today, there are nearly 90,000 United States servicemen still unaccounted for from World War II, the Korea Conflict, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the War on Terrorism.
Every person who has worn a uniform and been in battle understands the nature of sacrifice … and so long as Americans are willing to take up the mantle to defend our freedoms on behalf of others, our destiny will always involve sacrifice … and it will involve the sacrifice of families of those who serve our nation.
We can never adequately express our gratitude to those who have served our Nation while prisoners of war or to their families who experienced such anguish, fear and stress during years of separation.
National POW * MIA Recognition Day reminds us to keep their memories alive. So, … today let us pay tribute to the POWs who have returned and to all those still missing in action, and to the veterans who keep the principle of personal honor uppermost in their hearts.
Thank you. God bless America, God bless those who love, guard, and defend our precious freedom, and God Bless Those Who Are Still Missing in Action.
See POW * MIA Recognotion Day Images and Information at -
1. http://veterans.ning.com/photo/albums/pow-mia-recognition-day 2. http://veterans.ning.com/photo/albums/pow-mia 3. http://veterans.ning.com/profiles/blogs/pow-mia-recognition-day-speech
POW * MIA Recognition Day Speech Posted by David Apperson, Veterans Spokesman
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:: Symbolism of POW * MIA Table
The table is set for six, representing the five branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, with a sixth seat for American civilians, including Red Cross workers and news media.
The table is round, to show our everlasting concern for our men still missing.
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 their loved ones and friends who keep the faith awaiting answers.
POW * MIA Recognition Suggested Remarks for 2013
***The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was in 1979. The observance is one of six days of the year Congress mandated flying the POW/MIA flag at major military installations, national cemeteries, all Post Offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs; the director of the Selective Service System and the White House.
We pause to pay homage to the more than 83,000 Americans missing from World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War and 1991 Gulf War.
According to the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office, 73,681 are unaccounted for from World War II; 7,946 from the Korean War; Cold War, 126; Vietnam War, 1,655; and six from Iraq and other conflicts.
The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms so their children could remain free.
The black ribbon on the candle is a reminder of those who will not be coming home. The single rose is a reminder of the loved ones and families of comrades in arms who keep the faith and await their return.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate is a reminder of their bitter fate. There is salt on the plate, symbolic of the family's tears as they wait and remember. The glasses are inverted because the missing men and women cannot toast — but maybe tomorrow.
The chair is empty because they are not here.
A red, white and blue ribbon was tied to the flower vase by yellow ribbon worn by thousands who awaited their return, and a faded picture on the table is a reminder they are deeply missed and remembered by their families.
As we look upon this empty table, do not remember ghosts from the past, but remember our comrades. Remember those whom we depended on in battle. They depend on us to bring them home. Remember our friends. They are the ones we love, who love life and freedom as we do. They will remember what we do. Please pray for them, honor them, and remember them.
We pray father that one day, somehow, they will all return back to us, back to this land from which they came. Amen.
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