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Less than 2000 from Vietnam


CPT Scott Speicher: Persion Gulf War

4 Soldiers in Iraq--that cannot be listed as MIA until the war concludes thier status is missing/captured.

SPC Ahmed al-Taie 23 Oct 2003 outside greenzone PFC Keith Mauphin 9 April 2004 Abu Ghraib fuel convoy SPC ALEX JIMENEZ D 4-31INF 2BCT 10th MTN 12 MAY 2006 Qarghuli PVT BYRON FOUTY D 4-31INF 2BCT 10th MTN 12 MAY 2006 Qarghuli

The ceremony:


I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.

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

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 of these Americans 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 chairs are empty -- they are missing.
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