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We Remember....

We "adopted" a MIA in the summer of Y2K
and four more in February '06
from "Operation Just Cause"
Please read the information we have thus far
by clicking on the link at the bottom.
We will have as much information as we can, to
Remember the POWs
Remember the MIAs
Remember their families
Remember that our help comes from God....

My Help Comes from You

Words & Music by
Jennifer M. Seest -- May 2001

My heart broke when I first heard,
My eyes filled with countless tears.
I knew the effect of this
Would last many years.
Yet, certain that God can heal
Our broken hearts, broken lives.
I pray that you cling to Him.
Through Him, you'll survive!

I lift my eyes to the hills
From whence comes my help!
My help comes from You, my God!
My help comes from You!
Though I go through fiery trials,
I'll trust in the LORD!
My help comes from You, my God!
My help comes from You!

Now leaning upon His strength
Though passing through waters deep,
We'll face the trail as You lead,
However steep.
Yet, certain that God can heal
Our broken hearts, broken lives,
I pray that you cling to Him;
Through Him, you'll survive!

Lift up your eyes to the hills
From whence comes our help!
Our help comes from You, O God!
Our help comes from You!
Though passing through fiery trials,
Still trust in the LORD!
Our help comes from You, O God!
Our help comes from You!

From Psalm 121:1 & 2....
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

Written for Commander Scott Waddle,
Captain of the USS GREENEVILLE

Here are the links to our first three POW/MIAs:
Michael G. Hoff

William G. Bennett

Thomas W Bennett, Jr.

Virtual POW/MIA bracelets from Ohio POW/MIA

Harold George Bennett

Robert Elwood Bennett III

These two men were killed, bodies not recovered/returned.
Although Harold G. Bennett was killed in a POW camp, it was early on in the war; so there wasn't a POW bracelet issued with his name.
I made these two bracelets, as their bodies are still held prisoner on foreign soil.

If you're not military or a veteran, you may have never seen a "Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony". The Submarine banquets we've been to have always had one of these set up in a very visible spot. Here is what they stand for:

Courtesy of:

The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women.

The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, 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, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.

A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

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

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share this evening's [morning's/day's] toast.

The chair is empty -- they are missing.

Let us now raise our water glasses in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them.


1. A small, round bistro table
2. White tablecloth
3. Single place setting, preferably all white
4. Wine glass - inverted
5. Salt shaker
6. Slice of lemon on bread plate with a pile of spilled salt
7. Small bud vase with a single stem red rose
8. RED ribbon tied around the vase
9. Candle - lit
10. Empty chair

Now you know....

Never forget....

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Congress has set aside the THIRD FRIDAY of September in each year as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It is a time to remember those who never came home. Congress has further recognized the POW/MIA flag of the National League of Families as the official flag to represent our missing soldiers. This flag is to be flown over:
The Capitol and the White House in Washington, DC,
The Korean War and Vietnam Veterans War Memorials,
Every National cemetery,
Any building containing the official offices of the Secretary of State
The offices of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs,
The offices of the Director of the Selective Service System,
Every major military installation,
Every VA Medical Center, and
Every Post Office.

The POW/MIA flag is displayed daily in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol Building, and should be flown at all VA Medical facilities on any day the National colors are displayed. In addition to POW/MIA Recognition Day, the flag should be displayed at all the above locations on:
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Veterans Day

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Iraqi Freedom POW/MIA:
Matt Maupin
Missing from April of 2004 thru March of 2008, when his remains were found.
He had been executed.
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