"We call your attention to this small table which occupies a place of dignity and honor. It is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks. They are referred to as POW's and MIA's.We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families, so we join together to pay humble tribute to them, and to bear witness to their continued absence.The table is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors.The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intention to respond to their Country's call to arms.The single rose in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep faith, while awaiting their return.The red ribbon on the vase represents the red ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand, with unyielding determination, a proper account of our comrades who are not among us.A slice of lemon of the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us at this time.The chair is empty, They are NOT here.The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to open arms of a grateful nation.The American flag reminds us that many of them may never return-and have paid the supreme sacrifice to unsure our freedom.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 sacrifice.May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families."
Not only on Memorial Day, July 4th, Veterans Day or an other holiday, but all 365 days of the year - take a moment to remember and honor all of our veterans. These veterans are our hero's in every generation and on every single day of the year.
Touch the Wall is a unique look at the lives of our heroes on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Information about our Prisoners of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA), ordering or returning the POW/MIA bracelets, linking to Sons and Daughters In Touch and the Dog Handler Association, and interesting facts about the veterans on the memorial.