Memorial Weekend Initiative: the “Missing Man” table

Since the Civil War, Memorial Day has been a time of reflection and remembrance to those who have died in service to our country or will never return.   The “missing man” table is a symbolic demonstration of showing gratitude and reverence for those who served and sacrificed their lives.

Shown here the table is represented in the following way:

Memorial Weekend Initiative: the "Missing Man" tableThe table is round – to show our everlasting concern for our missing members and friends.

The tablecloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when asked to serve in one of our branches of the military.

The single red rose – displayed in a vase, reminds us of the lives of these Americans and the friends and family who keep the faith that their service was noble and honorable.

The yellow ribbon – symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for the return of those who are missing.

A slice of lemon – reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt – symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and lost.

The glass is inverted – they cannot toast with us again.

The chair is empty – they cannot sit with us today.

The candle – is reminiscent of the light of hope that lives in our hearts to illuminate their place on earth.

The Bible – represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and never forget their dedicated presence.


The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation reminds all of us that Memorial weekend is a precious opportunity to remember them and never forget the sacrifice of their lives and the impact to their families.