MADISON — Over 100 people attended the Daniel Boone V.F.W. Post 5578’s annual bean dinner on Veterans Day hosted by the Auxillary.
The Community Band played 1940’s style music for veterans and other members of the community that attend the event.
Those entering the banquet hall noticed a small table in place of honor that was set for one.
“This table was the V.F.W.’s way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from out midst,” said Sharon Cain, an Auxillary member. “They care commonly called POWs or MIAs, we call them ‘brothers.’”
Cain said since the POWs and MIAs could not be with them, the table was set up to honor and remember them.
She added that the white table cloth symblized the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.
“The single red rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the fair awaiting their return,” she said.
The red ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the label and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing, Cain said, and the candle is lit, symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.
She said a slice of lemon was on the bread plate to remund us of their bitter fate and there was salt upon the bread plate, symbolic of the families’ tears as they wait. The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us this night and the chair is empty because they are not here.
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