IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WZMQ) – Ceremonies across The UP took a moment to remember the fallen, missing, or imprisoned U.S. Military service members.
The missing man, or the fallen comrade table, is a symbol displayed this holiday weekend to honor prisoners of war and those declared missing in action. The harbour house in crystal falls is recognizing those veterans with a display for the public.
At Iron Mountains Memorial Day ceremony, the VA medial center director John Shealey, took a moment to remember those who never made it home
“this year we honor the 50th anniversary of American combat troops leaving Vietnam.” Shealey says, “With this in mind, I ask you to especially thank veterans for serving in that war by welcoming them home. And also remember that many who made the ultimate sacrifice never came home.”
The table is traditionally set with a white tablecloth, a single candle, a bible, an inverted glass, and a single red rose in a vase with a red or yellow ribbon tied around it. Each item symbolizes a different aspect of remembrance for those who went missing during their service.