Missing Man Table Ceremony, a part of the monthly POW/MIA ceremony at the Capitol
MISSING MAN WHITE TABLE CEREMONY
This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POWs or MIAs,
we call them "Brothers". They are unable to be with us this day and so we remember them.
This table set for one is small - Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.
The tablecloth is white - Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.
The single red rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith, awaiting their return.
The yellow ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the yellow ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness
to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing.
The candle, the candle is lit - Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.
A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.
There is salt upon the bread plate - symbolic of the families tears as they wait.
The glass is inverted - They cannot toast with us today.
The chair - 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, for surely,
they have not forsaken you.
REMEMBER! UNTIL THEY ALL COME HOME REMEMBER!