| The BHSU Vets Club set up an empty table draped with a white tablecloth and several symbolic elements in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
The empty table draped with a white tablecloth was prominently placed in the Black Hills State University dining hall last Friday so that every student, faculty, staff and community member passing by could remember those who were prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
The BHSU Vets Club set up the table which also included several symbolic elements in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The day of remembrance is held across the nation on the third Friday of September each year.
The empty table is used to acknowledge the inability for the POWs and MIAs to be with their loved ones and families, and to bear witness to their continued absence. It also honors their sacrifice for the country.
The table included:
· a white tablecloth symbolizing the purity of the intentions of the service men and women to respond to their country’s call to arms;
· a single red rose signifying the bloodshed in their sacrifice to ensure freedom;
· a red ribbon around the vase representing the continued determination to account for the missing;
· a slice of lemon on the plate reminding everyone of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land;
· an inverted glass symbolizing their inability to share in the toast;
· a candle standing for the light of hope and as a guide for those coming home; and
· an American flag representing the many who have paid the supreme sacrifice and will never return.