BHSU Yellow Jacket Vets Club recognizes POW-MIA veterans with display

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, September 18, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           

           Members of the Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Vets Club set up a memorial table for National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday Sept. 18 in the BHSU Student Union. The table honors veterans who have been held as prisoners of war or are still missing in action. Members of the Yellow Jacket Vets Club are, from left, Steve Weir, mass communication major from Belle Fourche Travis Floyd, human services major from Deadwood Fred Nelson, director of network and computer development at BHSU and Yellow Jacket Vets Club adviser and James Hunt, business administration-human resource management major from Sturgis.

            

       

       

           

       

       

           

           The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Vets Club set up a memorial table for National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday Sept. 18 in the BHSU Student Union. The table honors veterans who have been held as prisoners of war or are still missing in action.

            

       

   



The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Vets Club is honoring fellow veterans for National POW/MIA Recognition Day, today.

A solitary round table was set up in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union this week to recognize veterans who have been prisoners of war or who are still missing in action. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is the third Friday of September each year.

"This is all to honor the brothers and sisters still missing in action," said James Hunt, business administration-human resource management major from Sturgis. "This is all for them."

The Yellow Jacket Vets Club is an active on-campus program for student soldiers, both in Spearfish and at BHSU-Rapid City. The club assists military veterans in their successful transition into civilian and academic life, provides social activities and support and provides service to the community.

The table is set with a single place setting, red rose, candle and American flag.

Hunt explained the single chair draped in the POW/MIA flag represents the absent veterans. The inverted wine glass symbolizes the toasts they can&rsquot participate in. A bread plate holds salt for the tears of the family, while a lemon slice denotes the veterans&rsquo bitter fate.

"It&rsquos just heartbreaking," said Steve Weir, mass communication major from Belle Fourche and Yellow Jacket Vets Club President of the meaning behind the ceremony.

The Yellow Jacket Vets Club, honors fellow veterans with special ceremonies and flag displays throughout the year.

"For most veterans, the National POW/MIA Day is not a one-day a year recognition, it&rsquos an everyday reminder of the brothers and sisters who are not here with them," said Fred Nelson, director of network and computer development at BHSU and Yellow Jacket Vets Club adviser. "The National POW/MIA Day reminds all of us that we should never forget the men and women who gave up their freedom protecting ours. It is our way of giving back and showing respect for the privilege to be free and be with loved ones."
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