Missing Man Table Ceremony Video
Honoring & Remembering our POW/MIAs
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“Thank you so much for this beautiful and heart touching presentation. As I watch this I am reminded how lucky we are to have made it home from that far away land we served in and pray for our lost brothers and sisters that paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
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Parental Advisory: Please use discretion when sharing this educational movie with younger children, since there are a few historic images which might be disturbing to some folks or some age groups, who are not fully prepared for the serious & graphic nature of the content.
Disclosure: This is an artistic and educational work, which is done voluntarily and not as a commissioned work by Rolling Thunder ®, Inc., National.or any other POW/MIA org.
Missing Man Table Ceremony Script
For one who represents all POW/MIAs
The Missing Man Table Ceremony
Those who have served and those currently serving in the uniformed services of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice.
We are compelled then, to “Never Forget,” that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, of deprivation, or of internment.
Let us pause then, to recognize our POW’s and MIA’s with “The Missing Man Table Ceremony.”
See at the front of your room, a table which has been raised to call attention to its purpose, which is to Honor our missing comrades in arms.
This table set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her oppressors and representing all Americans still missing from each of the five Services: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as civilians.
These brave men and women answered our nation’s’ call and served the Cause of Freedom. This table is a very special way of symbolizing the fact that members of our Armed Forces are missing from our ranks. These ones are referred to as POW’s (or prisoners of war) and MIA’s (or missing in action); but we call them “BROTHERS.” They are unable to be with their loved ones and families here, so we join together to pay our humble tribute to them, and bear witness to their continued absence.
Before we begin, let us pause for a moment of silent prayer.
Now let us review the meaning of the items on our Missing Man Table:
The table is round: showing our everlasting concern for our men and women still missing.
The tablecloth is white. The cloth symbolizes the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The napkin is black, symbolizing the black (dark) hearts of some politicians and other leaders in government who haven’t brought our soldiers home and have forgotten them…
A single red rose is displayed in a vase. The red rose reminds us of the life of each of the missing and of their loved ones and close friends who keep the faith and await answers concerning their missing family member or friend.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon which is a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. Although the ribbon has been temporarily broken, it is still firmly in our grasp; and we will continue to search.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate reminds us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt on each bread plate symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.
A Bible is placed prominently on the table. The bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country. The United States was founded as “One Nation Under God.”
An inverted glass is placed at the place setting. The inverted glass symbolizes their inability to share in this evening’s meal.
There is a chair tilted forward against the table as though being saved for someone; the empty chair symbolizes that although they are missing, they are not forgotten.
The candle is reminiscent of the Light of Hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
Let us pray to the Supreme Commander that all of our comrades will soon be back within our ranks… Let us remember and Never Forget their sacrifices. May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families; and may each of us live worthy of their sacrifice in the way that we love and serve….
In God We Trust and in His Name we pray.…
Additional credits: Soundtrack is composed & performed by Ann’s Producer & Arranger, Tracy Collins.
This Ceremony is in the public domain; this script has been slightly edited and developed for the purposes of this narration by Ann M. Wolf.
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