Missing Man Table
The Missing Man Table serves to honor the memory of fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members. Every piece of this touching memorial has a special meaning and we invite you to join us in taking a moment to think about our soldiers that are no longer with us or are missing.
- The table is round: showing our everlasting concern for our men and women still missing.
- The tablecloth is white: The cloth symbolizes the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
- The napkin is black: Symbolizing the “dark hearts of some politicians” and other leaders in government who haven’t tried to bring our soldiers home and who have forgotten them…
- A single red rose, is displayed in a vase: The red rose reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and of their loved ones and close friends who keep the faith and await answers concerning their missing family member or friend.
- The vase is tied with a red ribbon: which is a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. Although the ribbon has been temporarily broken, it is still firmly in our grasp and we will continue to search.
- A slice of lemon on the bread plate: reminds us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
- A pinch of salt on each bread plate: symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.
- The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country.
- An inerted glass can be seen at the place setting: The inverted glass symbolizes the POW/or MIA’s inability to share in this evening’s meal.
- There is a chair tilted forward against the table: as though being saved for someone. The empty chair symbolizes that although these ones we recognize now… are missing, they are not forgotten.
- The candle is reminiscent of the Light of Hope: which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.