In honor of today being National POW/MIA Remembrance Day we have set up a 'Missing Man' table in our lobby. Each item on the remembrance table has a special meaning. Please take a moment to read this and say a prayer for our fallen and missing heroes and their families.

Missing Man table

"Missing Man" table in our lobby

POW/MIA Remembrance Table

The table is set for one -- to symbolize the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks. They are referred to as POWs/MIAs. We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families so we join together to pay our humble tribute to them and bear witness to their continued absence.

The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.

The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives and the willing response when answering the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase -- to remind us of the life of each of the missing, and the loved ones and friends of these Americans forever left behind.

The red ribbon -- what we still wear to bear witness as we unceasingly demand a proper accounting for those who are still missing and unaccounted for.

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

A pinch of salt -- to symbolize the river of tears shed by families and loved ones.

The Bible -- to represent the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass -- inverted to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast.

The candle -- reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate the way home to the open arms of a grateful nation.

The chair is empty because you are not here to sit with us tonight. Our lives are incomplete because you are not here to be with us tonight.

You were there for us... we are still here for you. In honoring you... each of you... all of you... we stand silently and face your table. We stand silently in your absence...

Let us now raise our water glasses in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs and our efforts to account for them.