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Lost, but not forgotten

September 23, 2013
American Legion County Commander Craig Sutton explains the importance of remembering those labeled as POW/MIA. Taps were played by David Dow and after a gun salute and a prayer. Rifle squad was Kenneth Delong, Thomas Rugani, David Huels and David Taber. Pictured, from left, are Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard Commander Richard Makuch, DJVC Honor Guard Daniel Cieplinski, Sutton, DJVC Honor Guard Eduardo Perez, Post #62 Commander Dennis Mulkin and DJVC Chaplain Sandra Tapasto. The ceremony, held at Post #62 on Saturday, included setting a small table for one, to symbolize the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors; a white table cloth, to symbolize the purity of the intention to respond to the country’s call to arms; a single red rose, to represent the families keeping faith in the missing’s return; a red ribbon tied on the vase, reminiscent of the ribbon on the lapels of those who demand a proper accounting of the missing; a lit candle, for the upward reach of the missing’s spirit; a slice of lemon, to remind us of their bitter fate; salt, to represent the tears of the families; an inverted glass, to show the missing cannot toast; and an empty chair, to show they are still missing.


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