I had the honor to attend a recent event that celebrated veterans and their families. The attention to detail was impeccable. The exhibits were museum quality and the volunteers that put it all together couldn't have been more passionate. The room was filled with memorabilia and artifacts. It included the POW/MIA table which I want to introduce you to- in the event you have not seen it or understood the elements involved.
The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women.
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 their loved ones and friends, who keep the faith while 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.
There is also salt on the bread plate- symbolic of the tears of the families, as they wait.
The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share this evenings toast.
The chair is empty. They are missing and missed.
May I suggest that we each include one or more elements listed here, or create our own, to honor our veterans at our own family table, especially at the holiday time but everyday is welcome as well. Thank you to each and everyone of you who have served. And, thank you to your families as well.