This post is to thank all those who have served and are serving this great nation so that the rest of us can enjoy our freedom . . . AND to their families who often times go unrecognized but are also an integral part of that service.
Below is a photo of The Missing Person Table . . .
The Missing Man Table is reserved to honor those missing from each of the five services...Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard – and civilians.
It symbolizes that they are with us in spirit.
All Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call to serve and served the cause of freedom in a special way.
The symbolism is represented in this way:
•The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men/women.
•The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.•The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
•The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
•A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
•A pinch of salt 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, founded as one nation under God.
•The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast.
•The chair is empty -- they are missing.
The photo above was taken at the annual Tailhook Convention in Reno.
The link below contains a photo of The Missing 'Person' Table that is always set up at our house when we host a party honoring those in the military.