Donna L. Craven, right, director of religious education for the U.S. Army Garrison Chaplain's Office, presents a rose to Christine Jones Sept. 19 during the National POW-MIA recognition Day ceremony held at the Fort McPherson Post Chapel.
The rose represents the life of each of the missing, and the families and friends of Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The stem of the rose was tied with a white ribbon, symbolic of the continued determination to account for the missing.
Jones, 91, received definitive information in July about her son's death. Maj. Bobby M. Jones, an Air Force flight surgeon, had been missing in action since Nov. 28, 1972, when the jet he was in disappeared from radar near Danang in South Vietnam. Her daughter, Jo Anne Shirley, chairwoman of the board of directors of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia and co-founder of the Georgia Committee for POW-MIAs Inc., was the event's guest speaker.