The VFW Post 380 Auxiliary and members of Post 380 gathered for a small ceremony at the VFW in Montevideo Monday evening to honor American POWs and MIAs.


The VFW Post 380 Auxiliary and members of Post 380 gathered for a small ceremony at the VFW in Montevideo Monday evening to honor American POWs and MIAs.

Chaplain Renaee Moen recited a prayer asking for the protection and comfort of those missing and held captive, and to let them know they are not forgotten.

Auxiliary Vice President Robin Enevoldsen called attention to a small table set for one, explaining the symbolism behind the objects on the table.

“The small table occupies a place of dignity and honor. It is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our corps are missing from our ranks. The chair is empty. They are not here. The glass is inverted. They cannot toast with us this evening.”

The smallness of the table symbolized the frailty of one prisoner alone against his/her captors. The white table cloth stood for the purity of our soldiers’ intentions in responding to their country’s call to arms. A single red rose signified the blood shed to ensure our freedom and served as a reminder of the families and friends who keep the faith while awaiting the return of their loved ones. A slice of lemon on the plate represented their bitter fate, and a candle stood for the light of hope to illuminate their way home to a grateful nation.

Post Commander Scott Koenen made reference to the POW/MIA flag next to him, created by the National League of Families and officially recognized by Congress as a symbol of our nation’s concern and commitment to resolving the fates of Americans still imprisoned, missing and unaccounted for.