Canandaigua VA Medical Center
CANANDAIGUA VA MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES VETERANS DAY
On November 11, the Canandaigua VA Medical Center will host a “Veterans Day Observance/Missing Man Ceremony”. The ceremony will be held in the Building 5 Auditorium starting at 10:00 a.m. This event is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The public is invited to attend.
“We call your attention to this small table that occupies a place of dignity and honor. It is set for one symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks. They are referred to as POWs and MIAs.
We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families, so we join together to pay humble tribute to them, and to beat witness to their continued absence.
The table is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressers.
The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their Country's call to arms.
The single rose in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America.
This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep faith while awaiting their return.
The red ribbon on the case represents the red ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand, with unyielding determination, a proper account of our comrades who are not among us.
A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.
The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.
The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us at this time.
The chair is empty. They are NOT here.
The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope that lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to open arms of a grateful nation.
The American Flag reminds us that many of them may never return - and have paid the supreme sacrifice to ensure our freedom.
Let us pray to the Supreme Commander that all of our comrades will soon be back within our ranks.
Let us remember - and never forget their sacrifice.
May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families.”
Check the Canandaigua VA Medical Center News Room @ http://www.canandaigua.va.gov/newsroom/cannewsroom.asp for more upcoming events.
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The Canandaigua VA Medical Center is located at 400 Fort Hill Avenue Canandaigua, NY.