Display at North Hills Senior High focuses on POWs and MIAs
North Hills Senior High School students and staff observed National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Sept. 21, along with veterans from Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey American Legion Post 80 in the Laurel Gardens neighborhood of Ross Township.
Local veterans set up a POW/MIA tribute table outside the school in Ross Township and raised the black POW/MIA flag early in the morning, so students and staff could view it as they started the school day. Later in the day, the table was moved indoors into the lobby where informational material was available on the significance of each item on the table.
The table is set for one. Its small size represents the fragility of one prisoner against his or her captors.
The white tablecloth symbolizes the purity of soldiers' motives when they answer the call to duty.
The single red rose in the vase reminds viewers of the life of each of the missing and the loved ones of these Americans who keep the faith while awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a ribbon that symbolizes the country's continued determination to account for the missing.
A slice of lemon reminds viewers of the bitter fate of those captured or missing in a foreign field.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their family members who seek answers.
The inverted glass symbolizes their inability to share a meal.
The empty chair reminds viewers of the missing.
Senior high staff members Pete Candreva and Sandy Miller brought the event to the attention of Principal John Kreider, who organized it at the school with members of the American Legion post.
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