Adopted at the 67th National Convention, calls for designating a POW/MIA Empty Chair at all official meetings of the American Legion as a physical symbol of the thousands of American POW/MIA’s still unaccounted for from all Wars and Conflicts involving the United States of America.
Accordingly, at each meeting the Sgt-At-Arms will place the POW/MIA Flag on the Empty Chair – A reminder for all of us to spare no effort to secure the release of any American Prisoners from captivity, the Repatriation of the remains of those who died bravely in Defense of Liberty, and a full accounting of those missing.
Let us rededicate ourselves for this vital endeavor.
This table, set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors.
THE TABLE CLOTH IS WHITE, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.
THE SINGLE RED ROSE in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.
THE RED RIBBON ON THE VASE represents the ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand, with unyielding determination, a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight.
A SLICE OF LEMON ON THE PLATE reminds us of their bitter fate.
SALT sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the constant fallen tears of families as they wait.
THE INVERTED GLASS, they cannot toast with us at this time.
THE CHAIR is empty, they are not here.
THE CANDLE is remenincent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to open arms of a grateful nation.
THE AMERICAN FLAG reminds us that many of them may never return--and have paid the supreme sacrifice to insure our freedom
LET US REMEMBER-- AND NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICE