This table honors our missing comrades in arms. Remember them!
As you look upon this empty table, do not remember ghosts from the past. Remember our comrades we depended on in battle. They will remember what we do. Remember them!
No American should ever forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call and served the cause of freedom with honor. Remember them!
A toast with water glasses is usually made at events where this table is present to honor America's POW/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them. Remember them!
Meaning and Significance of the Items on this Special Table
The table is round-symbolizing our everlasting concern for our missing members.
Set for six, the empty places represent Americans still missing from each of the five services - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and civilians. This table symbolizes that they are with us in spirit.
The table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms, so that their children could remain free.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and the loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith while awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for all our missing and bring them home.
The lone candle symbolizes the frailty of a prisoner alone, trying to stand up against his oppressors.
The black ribbon on the candle reminds us of those who will not be coming home.
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.
Their glasses are inverted-symbolizing their inability to share toasts with their comrades.
Their chairs are empty-they are missing.