Gone but never forgotten. Meaningful words, but not quite as powerful as the symbols used to remember those who've made the ultimate sacrifice.
To honor those Prisoner's of War and those Missing in Action around the world, veterans and their family members gathered in Thomasville to take part in a very special ceremony.
"The single rose, the round table the salt the lemon, all that has a significant meaning and it's a meaning of humility," said Navy veteran Lt. Curtis Crowe.
A round table lit with meaningful symbols and pictures of missing soldiers was honored with a hat and salute from each of the military branches.
"This is something that we try and honor those who've gone before just like hopefully in the future as we pass on there will be those who appreciate and honor what our service was also," said Lt. Curtis Crowe.
"I think that freedom is not free and I think these men have proven that and I think this country needs to start remembering that again that, they paid a heck of a price for our freedom," said local Air force veteran Sam Bryan.
For many years Thomasville did not have an event to honor those Missing In Action.
But now this ceremony allows local veterans to say and show they have not and will never forget.
"It is precious that we remember those who have gone before those who did not choose to be where they were but they went and did their job and did it well," said Crowe.
This is the fourth straight P-O-W Remembrance Ceremony in Thomasville.
This event kicks off a number of honorary ceremonies taking place in our area this weekend.