Missing Man Table
In Honor of
Prisoner of War
Missing In Action
Reserved to honor our missing loved ones and comrades in arms. Set for six (or one), the empty places represent Americans still missing from each of the five services. This Honors Ceremony symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit.
Table Set Up & Symbology
Table: The frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.
Tablecloth: Purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.
Red Rose: Reminds us of the loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith while awaiting their return.
Red Ribbon: Reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.
Lit Candle: The upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.
Slice of Lemon: On the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.
Salt: On the bread plate, symbolic of the tears as families wait.
The Glass: Inverted, they cannot toast with us this night.
The Chair: Is empty. They are not here.
Remember! All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon them. Remember until the day they come home.