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"Missing Man Table Ceremony" POW/MIA - Ann M. Wolf

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Published on Sep 18, 2014

MOVING ORATION SET TO A STIRRING SOUNDTRACK WITH UNFORGETTABLE IMAGES...This a version of the widely cherished ceremony, "The Missing Man Table," is set for the single "Missing Man" who represents all of the captured and missing from all conflicts. A tradition at most important military and patriot functions, this video throws light on elements of the service, explaining the meaning and significance of each article on the Table & taking the viewer deep into the world of the POW/MIA issue.

NOTE: To date, there is no "official version" of the Missing Man Table Ceremony on record in terms of "protocol" which has been deemed by Congress to be "correct"; therefore all versions of this ceremony are expressions from the perspective of presenters. (In addition, all citizens are welcome to design a Ceremony which reflects their faith or viewpoint).

DISCLOSURE: The use of the Bible or mention of God in this version of the Missing Man Table Ceremony Script is NOT to exclude or deny any other faith on the planet or to disrespect those who are atheists or those who have no specific faith; it is simply a gesture of love from my heart to yours. POW/MIAs being honored in this ceremony suffered and/or died so that I would have the Freedom to perform this ceremony and so that any listeners could choose to watch or walk away, according to their views. This version has been adapted by myself as a Judeo/Christian Chaplain; and it is my gift of thanks for the sacrifices which obtained my freedom. When I perform this Ceremony, it is offered out of love & respect to the Veteran community and their families (regardless of their faith, race, culture, etc.) who "paid the price" and a price I could never repay except to use my Freedom to try and help or encourage others.

This version of the Ceremony came to me through civic organizations which were performing the Table Ceremony on a regular basis. This version does include the word "comrade" with reference to "fellow service people in the combat zone." Since this word could have a different meaning to some listeners, I researched the term prior to recording the narration, because it would not be my intention to needlessly invoke bad feelings for anyone because of the use of a word. What I confirmed, is that the definition of the word "comrade," (according to the dictionaries I consulted when preparing to narrate this video,) is as follows: (1) A person who shares in one's activities, occupation, etc.; companion, associate, or friend. (2.) A fellow member of a fraternal group, political party, etc. - Though there have been times when this word has been used under oppressive regimes, it is a word which clearly has a positive connotation as well and therefore I left this word in in order to respect the wording and heart of the original author who was clearly a patriot. As for myself, being willing to pass along the elements of this ceremony, other than the dictionary definition as stated in this disclosure, no other meaning of the word "comrade" is intended or even implied. Thank you and sincerely, Chaplain Ann M. Wolf"

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Please use discretion when sharing this educational movie with younger children, since there are a few historic images which might be disturbing to some folks or some age groups, who are not fully prepared for the serious & graphic nature of the content.

DISCLOSURE: This is an artistic and educational work, which is done voluntarily and not as a commissioned work by Rolling Thunder ®, Inc., National.or any other POW/MIA org.

ANN M. WOLF DISCOGRAPHY - SONGS, CDs, LYRICS: https://www.annwolfmusic.org/cds-songs/

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FOR SCRIPT OF THE CEREMONY, TYPE "MISSING MAN TABLE" IN SEARCH BAR AT WEBSITE: https://www.annwolfmusic.org/2015/08/...

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NOTE: This Video is offered for the purpose of inspiration & education; images & music are either original by Ann M. Wolf or are used by permission, by license, with some images having been obtained from (what the artist believes) are public domain sites. Please advise if any images require additional licenses or permissions. Thank you.

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