Contributed by: Brenda Cunningham and Kathy Hagler
Photos by: Kay Dye and Skip Copher
A “Missing Man” table, also known as “Fallen Comrade” table is a memorial usually set up in dining areas for Memorial Day weekend. The purpose of these tables is to not only honor the thousands of American servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty, became Prisoners of War, or who are Missing in Action, but they also educate children and the public in general about the sacrifices made by our military. The Missing Man table is a reminder that they have not been forgotten.
Missing Man tables are traditionally adorned with the following items. The white tablecloth symbolizes the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty. The single red rose reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith awaiting answers. The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon to symbolize our continued determination to account for our missing. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of those who seek answers. The Bible represents the strengths gained through faith to sustain those lost from our county, founded as one nation under God. The inverted glass symbolizes their inability to share in a toast. The chair is empty, they are missing.
The James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have been given permission by the following restaurants to set up a “Missing Man table: Branding Iron, Chicollos’, Chopping Block, La Villa, Little Italy, New China, and Papa’s. We most graciously thank these restaurants for allowing us this honor. Each one of these restaurants are losing potential revenue by giving up one of their tables for this memorial. We would also like to thank Polk County Developmental Center Resale Store for their generous support in this project. The Missing Man tables will be set up through the Memorial Day weekend. When eating at one of the supporting restaurants and visiting PCDC be sure to thank them for supporting the Daughters of the American Revolution Missing Man/ Fallen Comrade project. Let us remember and never forget the sacrifices of our military. May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families.