Restaurants honor soldiers with missing man tables

Restaurants across Maryland will have "missing man" tables set to up honor soldiers who have lost their lives or are still missing in action.

The tables are decorated with symbols to help remember the sacrifice these men, women and their families have given to the country.

The Restaurant Association of Maryland says the Missing Man table is set to the following specifications:

The white tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms.


The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.
 
The table itself is round to show 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. 
 
The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends.
 
The 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.
 
The yellow candle and its yellow ribbon symbolize the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet accounted for.
 
The slices of lemon on the bread plate remind us of their bitter fate.
 
The salt upon the bread plate represent the tears of their families.
 
The 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.
 

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