Central Crossing Center honors missing servicemen with memorial

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob recently added an MIA Memorial at the center.

Jeff Harp, chief publicity officer for the center, said guests lining up to eat lunch at the center may notice the memorial — a table accompanied by a special tribute to honor missing service men.

The memorial tribute reads as follows:

The table is round, to show our everlasting concern;

The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve;

The single red rose reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, awaiting answers;

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing;

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land;

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek closure;

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return, alive or dead;

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith, to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as One Nation under God;

The glass is inverted, symbolizing their inability to share a toast with us;

The chair is empty ... they are missing.

According to information provided by Harp, the following number of service men in the following conflicts are still reported as missing:

• World War II - 73,000

• Korean War - 7,800

• Vietnam War - 1,600

• Cold  War - 126

• Middle East - 6