MC1: "Tonight we have some honored guests who can not be with us. so we remember them in in this way." 
(Three raps of the gavel) 
All rise. "Gentlemen, please uncover "
 (If not already uncovered)

"Please direct your attention to the place setting in front of the podium, as a physical symbol of the thousands of American POW/MIAs still unaccounted for from all foreign conflicts. Accordingly at this time the Sgt-at-Arms will advance to light the candle "

(The Sgt-at-Arms slowly advances toward the table setting where he will pause and wait for the que, "As the Sgt-at-Arms lights the candle" given by the MC.)

MC1: "A reminder for us all 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 in action. As the Sgt-at-Arms lights the candle I will explain the symbolism of the POW/MIA Place Setting."

(The Sgt-at-Arms slowly executes the lighting of the candle, comes to attention, turns to face the POW/MIA chair and executes slow salute. (NOTE.- Slow salute will be timed to end as the MC says "The chair.")

MC2: "The table"

MC1: "The table is small, symbolizing the helplessness of one person. alone against his oppressors."

MC2: "The cloth."

MC1: "The table cloth is white for the purity of their intentions in responding to their Country's call to arms.

MC2: "The bread plate."

MC1: "A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to reinind us of their bitter fate, and there is salt, symbolic of the tears shed by those who wait."

MC2: "The rose."

MC1: "The single red rose in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones who have kept faith, awaiting the return of our POW/MIAs"

MC2: "The ribbon."

MC1: "The yellow ribbon, tied so prominently around the vase, represents the yellow ribbon worn upon the lapels and breasts of thousands who bear witness to our Nations' unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our POW/MIAs."

MC2: "The Candle."

MC1: "The candle is the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, out of the hands of their oppressors and into the arms of a grateful Nation."

MC2: "The glass."

MC1: "The glass is inverted, for they can not toast with us tonight."

MC2: "The chair."

MC1: "The chair is empty, for they are not here."

(The Sgt-at-Arms turns to face the candle.)

MC1: "Remember, we all called them comrades, brothers, sisters and friends. Do not let them be forgotten, for surely they have not forgotten us. We will now pause for a moment of silence in honor of our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action."

(Sgt-at-Arms observes moment of silence, executes about face and returns to his station.)

(NOTE: - MC1 and MC2 may be combined for one speaker or expanded up to include MC9 to facilitate wider participation by the membership. The POW/MIA chair cover, or flag must be in place prior to beginning Place Setting ceremony.)


White metal folding chair~~~ Small table
White table cloth~~~~~~~~ Bud vase 
White candle ~~~~~~~~~Candle holder 
Red rose (fresh if possible)~~~~ Yellow ribbon 
POW/MIA chair cover (or Flag)~~~~~~` Wine glass 
Dinner plate~~~~~ Cup and saucer 
Bread/salad plate ~~~~~Flatware 
Lemon wedge~~~~~~ Salt 

Father, as we go back to the routine of our lives; send  forth Your Spirit with us to continually quicken our hearts, teaching us to remember as You remember; never forgetting Your own, and forever keeping watch over them.  May the peace of Your Presence be a constant companion both for us here and those of our brothers and sisters in captivity; so that we all may walk with You toward our final home.  Amen.
The picture below is of a quilt that a very special lady made in honor of POW/MIA's from the state of Florida. There is a block for each & every one listed from Florida.
POW/MIA Quilt of Honor can be seen at
2500 15th Avenue
Vero Beach, Florida  32960
This lady is a very special person who has done much work on behalf of the Veteran community. Thank you for giving me permission to share this beautiful work of art with others as they visit the website! God Bless You, Vikki! 
National Alliance of Families
POW/MIA Place Setting Remembrance Service
The National League 
Of POW/MIA Families
Nikki's POW/Mia Vigil
Rolling Thunder National
Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action Database
My thanks to Charles A Rogers for the great photo!
~Quilt Of Honor~
Written  By Henry R. Tavares 2004

God, please grant me
The courage and endurance
To persevere at the hands
Of my enemies. 
Please endow me with the presence
Of mind to always remember
Who and what I am. 
Gift me with the needed fortitude
To resist all torture and deprivation
Be it mental or physical. 
And most of all dear lord
Grant unto me the power and ability
To keep my soul and resolve,
American, to the core. 

Henry Tavares is the husband of Brenda Morgan Tavares, whose uncle, Melvin Morgan, was promoted to Glory while a POW with the Tiger Survivors group in North Korea.

Henry & Brenda are currently seeking the Purple Heart for POW's that died while in captivity. Please contact them to see how you can help!  Henry & Brenda Morgan Tavares:

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