Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Kari Hould
PCN Correspondent 

POW and MIA Day observed in Malta


September 23, 2020

The Missing Man Table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table, at Veterans Memorial Park in Malta is a semi-official place of honor in some dining facilities of the US armed forces in memory of fallen, missing in action, or prisoner of war military service-members.

According to statistics, there are still 81,755 military men, and women are still not accounted for. Nationally POW/MIA DAY (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) was observed Friday, September 17th locally. A display was erected at the Veteran's Park on Front Street known as "The Missing Man" and one was also set up in the corridor of Malta High School.

The display was arranged as such: a small table set for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner; it being round showed the everlasting concern for our MIA/POW'S. A white cloth covered the table symbolized the purity of our men and women's motives when they answered the call to duty, while a single red rose was a reminder of the lives of the men and women, the loved ones, family, and friends who keep the faith while seeking answers. Displays also included a yellow ribbon, a slice of lemon, a pinch of salt, the Holy Bible, a candle, and an inverted glass, each with its own designated meaning.

An empty chair - made the statement they are missing ~ let us not forget their sacrifice.

The displays were a joint collaborative effort and project of the VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW, American Legion, City Council, Malta High School, and volunteers who assisted in various aspects of the creations. Thank you to all for their support and participation, a strong reaffirmation that the community is strong believers in our freedom, our country, and patriotism.


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