The Missing Man Table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table is a place of Honor, set up in Military Dining Facilities of the U.S. Armed Forces and during the occasion such as service branch birthday balls, or holidays. The table is set up as a memory of the fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members. The table serves as a focal point for ceremonial remembrance, originally created out of concern of the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue.
Fallen Comrade Table
The table is round- to show our everlasting concern for our fallen comrades.
The tablecloth is white- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the Call to Duty.
A single red rose- displayed in a vase-reminds us of the life of each of our fallen comrades, and the loved ones and friends of these comrades who keep the faith.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon-symbol of our continued determination to remember our fallen comrades.
The yellow ribbon-for the loyalty waiting for those serving abroad, as we pray they are watched over and kept close to God.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate- to remind us of the bitter fate of those who will never return.
A pinch of salt-symbolizes the tears endured by families of those who have sacrificed all.
The Holy Book-represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country.
The inverted glass-symbolizes those who cannot toast with us at this time.
The chair is empty- they are no longer with us.
"Let us remember and never forget their sacrifice. May they and their families ever be watched over and protected." Author Unknown