Wheels for Mercy
September 10, 2011

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Wheels for Mercy ride sponsored by Jasper Eastern Star and Pickens Star Lodge with proceeds divided between to the two organizations. Proceeds will be divided between the Jasper Eastern Star to help families at Christmas and the Pickens Star Lodge will donate to the Masonic Home of Georgia in Macon, Georgia. The Masonic Home, operating since 1905, is a residential children's facility and has served over 2100 children. The ride began at R&R Trikes with a ceremony which included the POW/MIA Remembrance Table.

Video of Ceremony

POW/MIA REMEMBRANCE TABLE

Is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks. They are referred to as POWs and MIAs.

We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families, so we join together to pay our humble tribute to them, and bear witness to their continued absence.

This table, set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors.

The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.

The single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.

The yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight.

A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.

The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.

The glass is inverted - they cannot toast with us this night.

The chair is empty - they are not here.

The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.


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