The Fallen Soldier’s Table
Those who have served and those currently serving the uniformed services of the
United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been
tainted by the bitterness of personnel sacrifice.
They are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, others
who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain and internment.
Before we begin our activities this evening, we will pause to recognize our POW’s and
We call your attention to this small table, which occupies a place of dignity and honor
near the head table, It is set for one symbolizing the fact that members of our armed
forces are missing from our ranks, they are refereed to as POW’s and MIA’s.
We call them comrades, They are unable to be with their loved ones and families
tonight, so we join together to pay humble tribute to them, and bear witness to their
This table, set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone
against his or her suppressors.
The tablecloth is white, the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call
The single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to
ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America.
This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who
keep the faith, while awaiting their return.
The yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of
the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our
comrades who are not among us tonight.
A slice of lemon on the napkin reminds us of their bitter fate.
The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of families as
The glass is inverted – they cannot toast with us this night,
The chair is empty-they are not here.
The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to
illuminate their way home from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful
Let us pray to the supreme commander that all our comrades will be back within our
Let us remember and never forget their sacrifices.
May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families