[Ed. – Certainly the way to a vet’s heart: to memorialize his fallen comrades with a Missing Man table.]
A table has been set aside that has a place setting, candle, rose in a vase, and a note, which reads:
“We cover a small table with a white cloth to honor a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty.
We place a lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a captive soldier’s bitter fate and tears of families waiting for loved ones to return.
We push an empty chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here.
We lay a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity, and turn over a glass for the meal that won’t be eaten. …