The Learman-Schaller Auxiliary to Post 2732 recognized all POW-MIAs on Friday, Sept. 21, with a ceremony at New London City Hall under the direction of Ed Strite (left) and Bonnie Hilt (right).
This day is set for all veterans and civilians that were either a POW or are considered MIA. The items featured in the ceremony each have special significance.
The table is a place of honor. It is a way of symbolizing the fact that members are missing from our midst. The table set for one is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.
The table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. The single red rose displayed in the vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith, awaiting their return.
The red ribbon tied on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breast of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper account of our missing.
The candle which is lit symbolizes the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. The slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of the bitter fate. There is salt on the bread plate, symbolic of the tears their families have shed while they wait. The chair is empty; they are not here.