The Missing Man (POW/MIA) Table
The table that stands before you is a place of honor.
In setting this table, we acknowledge those missing from our celebrations. And we remember them.
The table is small, and set for one — Symbolizing the vulnerability of a lone prisoner against his captors.
The tablecloth is white — Symbolizing purity of intention in responding to the nation’s call to arms.
The chair is empty, for they are not here.
The wine glass is inverted — They cannot toast with us.
The slices of lemon — Reminding us of their bitter suffering.
The grains of salt — Representing the countless tears of the families.
The single red rose — Reminding us of loved ones who keep the faith awaiting their return.
The burning candle and yellow ribbon — Symbolizing everlasting hope of a reunion with the missing.
— All who have served alongside them; we who have donned the same proud uniform, being sworn to the same faith and allegiance — We will never forget their sacrifice.
— Until the day they return home, or find eternal peace, we will remember.