Tyler military veterans will remember their brothers and sisters who are either a prisoner of war or are missing in action on National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday.
From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Broadway Square Mall in Tyler, there will be a Missing Man Table, as it is known in the U.S. military, set up near the Sears store entrance, said Bob Perry of the Korean War Veterans Association.
On Friday, ceremonies will be held across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the missing servicemen and their families. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held on the third Friday in September.
Set for four, the missing personnel from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are represented at the table, according to information from the Department of Defense website. The round table shows everlasting concern and the table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of the servicemen’s motives when answering the call for duty.
A single red rose is displayed in a vase as a reminder of the life of each of the missing, their loved ones and friends who keep the faith while searching for answers, according to the website. The vase is tied with a red ribbon symbolizing the continued determination to account for them. A slice of lemon is reminder of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land and the salt symbolizes the tears shed by those missing and their families who long for answers to end years of uncertainty, the website stated.
The lighted candle reflects hope for their return to their families and our nation, the inverted glass symbolizes the servicemen’s inability to share a toast, and the chairs are empty because they are missing.