The Remembrance Table
McHenry VFW
McHenry, Illinois

You may notice we have a table set in a place of honor.

This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that
members of our Profession of Arms are not in our midst.

They are commonly called POW's or MIA's.  We call them
our brothers and sisters.  

They are unable to be with us this evening, this day,
this morning, so we remember them.
This table is set for one symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his suppressors.
Remember.

The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their
country's call to arms.
Remember.

The single red rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our
comrades in arms  who keep the faith awaiting their return.
Remember.

The red ribbon is reminiscent of the ribbon worn on the lapel and breast of thousands who bear
witness to the unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.
Remember.

The candle  is lit, symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.
Remember.

A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.
Remember.

There is salt upon the bread plate, symbolic of the families tears as they await their return.
Remember.

The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us this day.
Remember.

There is no chair for they are not here to be seated.
Remember.
All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended on
their might and aid and relied upon them...surely they have not forsaken you.

Remember them.  Remember them until the day they come home.  

Remember.
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McHenry VFW Post #4600
3002 West Route 120
McHenry Illinois 60051
Speaking:  Lee Lexow, Commander American Legion Post 491