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There is a ceremony that is performed when the table is set, however
we have made our table a parade table only and it never gets set.
This being said we do know the meaning of the ceremony and it goes
through our minds while we are putting the float together. We would
like for you to see the ceremony is person, but we have provided the
script that is used when setting the table for your benefit. Please
remember that this is more than a table, it is a memorial for missing
persons, one setting for each of the branches of the military and one
MISSING MAN TABLE & HONORS CEREMONY
(In silence or with dignified, quiet music as background, the Honor
Guard moves into position around the table and simultaneously places
the covers of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast
Guard, and a civilian hat, on the dinner plate at each table setting.
The Honor Guard then departs.)
Please be seated ....... I would like to explain the meaning of the items
on this special table.
The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing
The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when
answering the call to duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, 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 red ribbon, symbol of our continued
determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of
those captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and
their families who seek answers.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain
those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share this
evening's [morning's/day's] toast.
The chairs are empty -- they are missing.
Let us now raise our water glasses in a toast to honor America's
POW/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them.