THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE
The WHITE tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to out Country’s call to arms.
The EMPTY CHAIR depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.
The TABLE itself is round to show that our concern for them is never ending.
The Bible represents the faith in a higher power and the pledge of our country, founded as one nation under God.
The BLACK NAPKIN stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends. A Purple Heart medal can be pinned to the napkin to show their heroism.
The single RED ROSE reminds us of their families and loved ones. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which has inspired them to answer to the nation’s call.
The YELLOW CANDLE and its yellow ribbon symbolize the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those not yet accounted for.
The SLICES OF LEMON on the bread plate reminds us of their bitter fate.
The SALT upon the bread plate represents the tears of their families.
The WINE GLASS, turned upside down, reminds us that our distinguished comrades cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in the festivities of the evening.