Missing Man Table

I walked into an establishment and this is what I saw. I wondered what it meant? So this is what the sign read….

If you enter a room, you may have noticed a special table; it is reserved to honor our missing…

The empty chair represents Americans who were or are missing from each of the services- Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard – and civilians, all with us in spirit.

Some here were very young, or not yet born, when the Vietnam War began; however, all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation’s call and served the cause of freedom in a special way.

Let me explain the meaning of this table, and then join me for a moment of silent prayer.

The table is round-to show our everlasting concern.

The cloth is white-symbolizes the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.

The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans….and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.

The yellow ribbon symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return and determination to account for them.

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families -who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return – alive or dead.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted – to symbolizes their inability to share a toast.

Let us now have a moment of silence to pay tribute and honor to all American Heroes that are with us still and the ones that lost their lives for us, and to thank their families.

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