Missing Man Table

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A table is set Thursday at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center to honor missing troops.

The symbolism of the Missing Man Table and honors:

The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing troops.

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 the loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, a 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 the 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 (today’s) toast.

The chairs are empty — they are missing.

Source: Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, www.dtic.mil