MISSING MAN TABLE CEREMONY – Members of the local VFW and the VFW Auxiliary participated in the Missing Man Table ceremony to commemorate the sacrifices of the MIAS and POWS.
Donnie Allen read the ceremonial words and members of the two organizations presented a laurel wreath – a symbol of victory over death, an evergreen sprig – a symbol of love of comrades, blue flowers – a symbol of love of country, white flowers – a symbol of devotion to duty and red flowers – a symbol of courage and gallantry at the foot of the table.
“The table is round – to show our everlasting concern for the 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.”
“The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbolic of our continued determination to account for the 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 county founded as One Nation under God.”
“The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.”
“The chairs are empty – they are missing.”
Participating in the ceremony were: Tim Bartkoski, Bobby Wolfe, Roger Floyd, Larry Gilbert, Wayne Johnson, Mildred Belcher, Marsha Gilbert, Linda Bartkoski, Dorothy Kramer and Elda Floyd.
The local Spicer-Grimsley VFW post 257 is the oldest chartered VFW in the Sate of Missouri.
The post also received a program completion plaque from the State.