The empty places at the table represent Americans still missing from each of
the five branches of the military.
Americans should never forget the men and women who answered our Nations
call to duty.
The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and
The tablecloth is white symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to
their Country’s call to arms.
The single red rose in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in
sacrifice. The rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing
comrades who keep faith while awaiting their return.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to
account for our missing.
The slice of lemon on the plate reminds is of their bitter fate.
The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of
families as they wait.
The glass is inverted; they cannot toast with us at this time.
The chair is empty. They are NOT here.
The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope that lives in our hearts to
illuminate their way home to open arms of a grateful Nation.
Let us remember – and never forget their sacrifice.