Those that have served....

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  1. Lucky13

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    Set up the following items on a stage or at the front of the room ...

    1 small round table

    1 chair leaning against the table

    Cover the table with a white table cloth

    Put a place-setting for 1 on the table

    Place a lemon-slice on the plate

    Place a salt-shaker on the table

    Place a black vase with 1 red rose in it on the table

    Tie a yellow ribbon around the vase

    Place 1 black napkin on the table

    Place a water glass, turned upside-down, on the table

    Place 1 lighted candle on the table

    Have a recording of Taps and Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus ready to play


    Stand off-stage. If possible, dim all lighting except for a spotlight focused on the table. Read the following ...

    Those who have served ...

    and those currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States ...

    are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace ...

    has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice.

    We are compelled to never forget ...

    that while we enjoy our daily pleasures ...

    there are others who have endured ...

    and may still be enduring ...

    the agonies of pain, deprivation and internment.

    Before we begin our activities this evening ...

    we will pause to recognize our POWs and MIAs.

    We call your attention to this small table ...

    which occupies the place of dignity and honor.

    It is set for one ...

    symbolizing the fact that members of our Armed Forces ...

    are missing from our ranks.

    We call them POWs and MIAs.

    We call them comrades.

    They are unable to be with their loved ones and families tonight ...

    so we join together to pay a humble tribute to them ...

    and bear witness to their continued absence.

    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 have shed ...

    to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America.

    The rose also reminds us of the family and friends ...

    who keep the faith ...

    while awaiting their return.

    The yellow ribbon on the vase represents those who demand a final accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight.

    The slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.

    The salt, when sprinkled onto the plate ...

    reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.

    The glass is inverted ...

    they cannot toast with us this night.

    The chair is empty ...

    they are not here.

    The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope ...

    which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home ...

    away from their captors ...

    and into the open arms of a grateful Nation.

    Let us pray to the Supreme Commander that all of our comrades will soon be back within our ranks.

    Let us remember them and never forget their sacrifices.

    May God forever watch over them ...

    and protect them and their families.
     
  2. ccheese

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    Jan:

    This has been done in my Masonic Lodge [Lynnhaven Lodge # 220] for about the past six years. It's usually done on
    either Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day.... at the will and pleasure of the sitting Master.

    It will bring tears to some old tired eyes....

    Charles
     
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    As it should, Charles, as it should. :salute:
     
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    It brings tears to my eyes.:salute: :salute: :salute:
    Thank you for the post Jan.
     
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    Jan, my thanks, it's a tribute that can relate to any nationality.
     
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