The 2013 National POW/MIA Recognition Day poster honors those still missing from our Nation’s past wars and conflicts and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose remains have not yet been recovered and returned home. The Poster depicts the Missing Man Table and there is special significance to each item that is displayed.
Set for four, the missing personnel from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air
Force are represented at the table. The round table shows everlasting concern. The table
cloth is white symbolizing the purity of the servicemen’s motives when answering the
call to duty. A single red rose is displayed in a vase as a reminder of the life of each of
the missing and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith while seeking answers.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon symbolizing the continued determination to account for
them. A slice of lemon is a reminder of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a
foreign land. The salt symbolizes the tears shed by those missing and their families who
long for answers to end years of uncertainty. The lighted candle reflects hope for their
return to their families and our Nation. The inverted glass symbolizes the servicemen’s
inability to share an evening toast. The chairs are empty; they are missing.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held each year on the third Friday in September. On September 20, 2013, ceremonies will be held across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the missing servicemen and their families.