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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The setting for the missing man table that was on display at Arby's in Delta.

Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571, and members of Delta's American Legion Post #65 conducted the Missing Man Table ceremony at Arby's in Delta last Friday.

They said that ceremonies would also be conducted at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at Starvin' Arvin's.

The ceremony is a remembrance of prisoners of war and the missing in action among the nation's military service people.

A table setting contains the emblems of the ceremony with each one signifying some aspect of the missing man's experience and that of his comrades and loved ones who are deprived of his companionship.

The emblems of the ceremony can include a candle with a yellow ribbon, an American flag, a single red rose, a vase adorned with a red ribbon, a lemon slice, a pinch of salt, an inverted wine glass, and a Bible.

As poignant reminder of the reality of the POW/MIA experience, a roll call was conducted numbering over 110,000 among the "not present and not accounted for" in American wars from WW II and forward.

A Missing Man Table had been set up and reserved at the Delta Arby's during September.

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