The Missing Man Table
Published by Laurie Pender on November 7, 2018
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The Missing Man Table with one empty chair.In observance of Veterans’ Day (Nov. 11), CCS’ Central Services building has on display in its lobby a Missing Man Table. As visitors enter the building, they will notice a special table set for one. The manner in which the table is decorated helps all to remember our brothers and sisters in arms:

  • A white tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms.
  • An empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.
  • A roundtable shows that our concern for them is never-ending.
  • The Bible represents faith in a higher power and the pledge to our country, founded as one nation under God.
  • A black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends.
  • A single red rose reminds us of their families and loved ones. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.
  • A yellow candle symbolizes the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet accounted for.
  • A slice of lemon on the bread plate reminds us of their bitter fate.
  • A salt shaker represents the tears of their families.
  • A 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.                                                                                                                                                             

~ Contributed by Howard Lattimore, CCS’ Military Family & Youth Liaison