Letter: Remember the chair

Published: 10/31/2021 7:00:17 AM

I’ve heard that sometime soon there is supposed to be a “meeting of the minds” concerning the Bible on the POW/MIA table down at the VA Medical Center in Manchester. This sounds like a good idea on the face of it but that is only true if all the minds are open, willing to listen and work together. The first thing they have to remember is that the table and every item on it, from the cloth to the glass are important. Every item has significance but they are there to remind us what the POW/MIAs are going through.

However, the most important part of the display is the empty chair! That empty chair is to remind us that they, our service members, are still out there and are unaccounted for though not forgotten. This is not meant to be about the Bible. We all know there are many religions, personal beliefs and faiths. You want to go do something about the Bible then try this. Get a list of all the religions that are recognized by the DoD including “no religion” and put them on pieces of paper and put them in a hat. Draw one at a time. Take that order and allow that group to place their symbol/book on the table for two months if they want to, then go to the next on the list and so on. No one is slighted and everyone gets a turn.

Gary Gordon



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