America's White Table

On Monday, Jan’s restaurant celebrated Veterans Day with a table setting symbolizing the pain endured by prisoners of war and missing in action combatants and their families. The framed inscription reads:

“The table honors the men and women who have served and currently serve in America’s armed forces.

The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life and blood that was shed and their loved ones and friends who keep faith and await answers.

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, the symbol of our commitment and continued determination to account for our missing.

A slice of lemon on the plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

The salt is to remind us of the tears endured by those missing and their families who still seek answers.

The black napkin is a reminder of the isolation, deprivation and cruel fate of our missing.

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 this evening with us.

The chair is empty and tilted – they are not here. It will remain so until they return or are accounted for.

“You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains.”

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