The Missing Man Table

The Missing Man Table Ceremony is generally done at banquets, dinners, or any other occasions where setting up a dinner table would appear appropriate.
The reason for this ceremony is to acknowledge the inability of our missing to be with us in the celebrations we hold,
because they have been left behind, and to honor their sacrifice for this country.
This is a very moving ceremony and has been known to spark interest in people who never realized the scope of this issue.



As you entered the banquet hall this evening, you may have noticed a small table in a place of honor.
It is set for one.
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 evening and so we remember them.


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

Remember! (toll bell)

This Table set for one is small -- Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.

Remember! (toll bell)

The Tablecloth is white -- Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.

Remember! (toll bell)

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.

Remember! (toll bell)

The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel
and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper
accounting of our missing.

Remember! (toll bell)

The Candle, the candle is lit -- Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.

Remember! (toll bell)

A Slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.

Remember! (toll bell)

There is Salt upon the bread plate -- Symbolic of the families tears as they wait.

Remember! (toll bell)

The Glass is inverted -- They cannot toast with us this night.

Remember! (toll bell)

The Chair -- The chair is empty. They are not here.

Remember! (toll bell)

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! (toll bell)

Remember! -- Until the day they come home,

Remember! (toll bell)


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