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Memorial Day turns out to be memorable

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By The Staff

At Monday's ceremony honoring Taylor County war dead and those who have served and are still serving, the Junior ROTC from North Hardin High School performed a "Prisoner of War/Missing in Action/Missing Man" ceremony.

No other editorial comment is necessary but to allow you to read the script as read that day:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests, the North Hardin High School Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Honor Guard will now present the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action/Missing Man Ceremony. This is commanded by Cadet Lt. Col. Jeff Pullen; and the members of this Honor Guard ... Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Chretien, Cadet/2nd Lt. Jared Davis, Cadet/Command Sgt Maj. Patrik Dustin, Cadet/SFC Shane Greene and Cadet/Lt. Col Jay Burrowes.

"I have been given the privilege and honor of introducing and acknowledging this table. This table represents - and pays tribute - to all the prisoners of war, missing in action, and killed from all American involvement in her wars including World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and more.

Many have looked at this table and wondered - let me explain.

This table, set for five, symbolizes the frailty of all the prisoners against their oppressors. Remember, the tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of our country's call to arms. Remember, the single candle, displayed in the center of the table, is symbolic of the families and loved ones who are kept waiting for the return of those so dear to them.

"Remember, the red ribbon, tied so prominently around the candle, represents the ribbon worn around my lapel and on the breast of many thousands who bear witness to an unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing and return of all Americans from foreign soil. Remember, the salt on the bread plate is symbolic of the tears of the families as they still wait for those so dear to them. Remember, the lemon represents the bitterness of their fate. Remember, the glasses are inverted, they cannot toast with us today.

"Remember, the chairs are empty, for they are not here.

"Remember, all of you who served with them and called them brothers and sisters - you who depended on their might and strength. You who relied upon them. "Remember, for surely they have not forgotten you."