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What’s Wrong with this POW/MIA Table Picture?

What’s Wrong with this POW/MIA Table Picture?

Several organizations/pages across Facebook have posted this as a way to bring attention to POW/MIA Day this September and, unfortunately, whoever setup and took this picture had very little knowledge of what the setup should have looked like. The table setup is spelled out in the POW/MIA Ceremony script, here. Colors information, while a little harder to find, could have been obtained from ANY military honor guard member in the Washington D.C. area or most likely any military installation around the world. Ignorance of the standards is no excuse.

This picture is just one of the several I have seen.

POW-MIA Table Bad Setup
POW-MIA Table Bad Setup

Quite a bit, and here we go.

The posted colors:

1. The fringe of a posted color is ALWAYS to the right.2. The POW/MIA flag’s fringe should have been gold, to match the National color.

The POW/MIA Table: (where do I start?)

1. There are two types of POW/MIA tables: the single setting and the Five Service Hat Table. Note that that I did not write “Four Service,” because there are five military services.
2. The script, mentioned above, says nothing of having a salt shaker on the table.
3. The script also says nothing of having a set of dog tags on the table.
4. The script mentions a “slice of lemon,” not a wedge and certainly not more than one!5. Usually, there is only one small plate, mentioned in the script with the slice of lemon on it.
6. The service covers are usually put in place of the plates (picture design is understood here in this instance).
7. Nowhere does the script say a mound of salt is poured onto the plate, and again, definitely not several mounds. There is supposed to be a “pinch of salt.”
8. Where is the Bible? Don’t give me that political correctness garbage, the script mentions a Bible. Period. A Bible with Psalm 91, the protection psalm, marked, would be quite appropriate as well.

Either stick with the League of Families POW/MIA Ceremony script, the standard for decades now, or don’t setup the table at all.