ViêtNow Sponsoring POW-MIA Candlelight Ceremony

ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Charter Chapter ViêtNow will be holding its annual POW-MIA Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony at the Field of Honor, 1000 East Riverside Blvd on September 20, 2013, at 7 PM. ViêtNow is fulfilling its commitment to never forget the POW-MIA's and keep a high public awareness.

The Keynote speaker for the event is: Rich Bennett, an Afghan War veteran Silver Star Recipient, author (The Killing Birds), and current NIU student. He also
was one of the 30 veterans honored at this year's Baseball All-Star Game "Tribute for Heroes" by Major League Baseball and People Magazine. He was sponsored by the Cubs.

Music presentation of vocals and guitar will be by Becky Joleen. Elements of the event include the presentation of colors, the National Anthem and other music, the POW-MIA table ceremony, candle lighting, the playing of taps and a 21 gun salute. A reception follows.

As Part of the Program we always do the "Missing Man Table Ceremony". The following write up accompanies the National poster for this year:

2013 National POW/MIA Recognition Day Poster The 2013 National POW/MIA Recognition Day poster honors those still missing from our Nation?s past wars and conflicts and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose remains have not yet been recovered and returned home. The Poster depicts the Missing Man Table and there is special significance to each item that is displayed.

Set for four, the missing personnel from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force are represented at the table. The round table shows everlasting concern. The table cloth is white symbolizing the purity of the servicemen?s motives when answering the call to duty. A single red rose is displayed in a vase as a reminder of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith while seeking answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon symbolizing the continued determination to account for them. A slice of lemon is a reminder of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land. The salt symbolizes the tears shed by those missing and their families who long for answers to end years of uncertainty. The lighted candle reflects hope for their return to their families and our Nation. The inverted glass symbolizes the servicemen?s inability to share an evening toast. The chairs are empty; they are missing. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held each year on the third Friday in September. On September 20, 2013, ceremonies will be held across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the missing servicemen and their families. For additional information about National POW/MIA Recognition Day, visit the Defense POW/Missing Personnel website at: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo.


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