No Honor Allowed for POW/MIA Display
The Missing Man Table is a semi-official place of honor in some dining facilities of the U.S. armed forces in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members. The table serves as the focal point of ceremonial remembrance, originally growing out of US concern for the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue.
The display consists of a small table with a white table cloth, an inverted glass, a plate with a lemon and salt, a single rose, and a yellow ribbon. To a few, the most offensive part of the display is the Bible.
Patrick Air Force Base
The missing man table had been a prominent fixture in the dining facility for years until last week, when the commanders decided that the presence of the Bible was too controversial and had it removed. Base officials informed Fox News’s Todd Starnes that the display was removed because of the Bible. The Holy Bible was seen as a distraction to the purpose of honoring POWs/MIAs. They felt it was proper to replace the place of honor and remembrance with a POW/MIA flag.
When the base leadership received some negative press and pressure, the commanders relented: “After consultation with several relevant organizations, we now intend to re-introduce the POW/MIA table in a manner inclusive of all POWs/MIAs as well as Americans everywhere.” All that gibberish means they are not going to include the Bible.
Air Force leading the way
While addressing the House Armed Services committee, Air Force Chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh insisted that there was no war on religious liberty on the service. He complained that “the single biggest frustration I’ve had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force.” Oh really! Representative John Fleming (R-La.) told Todd Starnes that the “Air Force seems to be the worst offender when it comes to attacks on religious liberty.”
Gen. Welsh is working hard to be Obama’s next choice for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Good General failed to remember what happened to General Merrill McPeak.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom