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:
The 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.