The major function of
Rolling Thunder is to publicize the POW/MIA issue.
To educate the public
that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all
previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect future
veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners of
war Missing In Action. We are also committed to helping American
veterans from all wars.
The Missing Man Table
This table set for one is small,
symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his
The single rose displayed in a vase
reminds us of the families and loved ones of our
comrades-in-arms who kept the faith awaiting their return.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon,
symbol of our continued determination to account for our
A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to
remind us of their bitter fate.
There is salt upon the bread plate
symbolic of the families' tears as they wait.
The glass is inverted, they cannot
toast with us this night.
The chair---the chair is empty--- they
are not here.
POW's Prayer By Jean Ray and L. Vancil
Your own Son was a prisoner.
Condemned, he died for us.
Victorious, He returned to bring us the gift of life
Comfort us now in our longing for the return of the Prisoners Of
War and those Missing In Action.
Help Us Father;
Inspire us to remove the obstacles.
Give courage to those who know the truth to speak out.
Grant wisdom to the negotiators, and compassion to the jailors.
Inspire the media to speak out as loudly as they have in the
Protect those who seek in secret and help them to succeed.
Show us the tools to do Your will.
Guard and bless those in captivity, their families, and those
who work for their release.
Let them come home soon.