P.O.W. & M.I.A families remembered

The Walmart store in Marquette Township was the site of a special Memorial Day ceremony this morning. 
A couple dozen customers and store employees were present to watch the Prisoner of War – Missing in Action Ceremony. It was conducted by a recently retired member of the U.S. Army and a U. S. Army R. O. T. C. Cadet. image(6)
This was there message:

“Let us remember the men and women Prisoners of War from all branches of service that are too often forgotten. Let us remember them.

The table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms — so that their children could remain free. Remember.

The lone candle symbolizes the frailty of a prisoner alone, trying to stand up against his oppressors. Remember. 

The black ribbon on the candle reminds us of those who will not be coming home. Remember

The single rose reminds us of the loved ones and families of our comrades in arms who keep the faith and await their return. Rememberimage(5)

A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate — if we do not bring them home. Remember

There is salt on the plate, symbolic of the family’s tears as they wait and remember.

The glasses are inverted. They cannot toast with us tonight — maybe tomorrow, if we remember.

The red, white and blue ribbon is tied to the flower vase by a yellow ribbon that was worn by thousands who awaited their return. Remember

The faded picture on the table is a reminder that they are missed very much and are remembered by their families. Remember.

As we look upon this empty table, do not remember ghosts from the past, remember our comrades.

Remember those whom we depended on in battle. They depend on us to bring them home.

Remember our friends. They are the ones we love — who love life and freedom as we do.

They will remember what we do. please honor and remember them.”image(3)

Veterans and and active duty members were presented with patriotic pins.  Those in attendance were treated to a table of red, white and blue pastries as part of the celebration of Memorial Day.
The event was part of the store’s Saluting Heroes Together partnership with the Operation Homefront program.  
You can find out more at www.walmart.com/heroes.