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Monday, May 29, 2017

'Missing Man Table' set up at JCMC as tribute for Memorial Day

For Memorial Day, the Allspice Café at Johnson City Medical Center set up a “Missing Man Table.” Also known as a “Fallen Comrade Table,” these ceremonial tables were originally set up in military dining facilities to remember and honor those who lost their lives in service of the U.S. military. Now they are found in various other parts of American society. Here’s the explanation for what is displayed:

This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms.

The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of 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, symbolizing our continued determination to account for our missing.

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 toast.

The chair is empty — they are missing.