Air and Space Museum unveils POW-MIA remembrance piece

BOX ELDER, S.D. – The South Dakota Air and Space Museum unveiled a new permanent fixture Saturday morning – a remembrance table.

A remembrance table has been set up at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum. The table is in remembrance of fallen and missing servicemembers, and symbolizes the hope that they one day return home. Photo Date: Jan. 12, 2019.

The Remembrance Table, framed by the Constitution, and the US and Air Force flags.

Remembrance tables, also known as missing man tables, are a fixture at many veterans’ organizations and veterans’ honor ceremonies. They represent a place for missing and fallen servicemembers and symbolize the hope that they return home eventually.

The Air Force Sergeants’ Association, however, noticed that the museum didn’t have a table of its own.

The table has ten specially selected items as part of the place setting. Each one has a special symbolism.

“It’s just always important for those in the military, and especially our civilian folks that support us to understand and appreciate those sacrifices,” said Kevin Ott, special events coordinator for the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 951. “It’s just that visual reminder just to think of those people who are not here with us.”

The remembrance table can be seen on permanent display at the S.D. Air and Space Museum, under the U.S. Constitution, and flanked by the flags of the United States and the U.S. Air Force.

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