The Missing Man Table: The round table shows our everlasting concern for our missing men. The white cloth symbolizes the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve. The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans, and their loved ones who keep the faith. The red ribbon symbolizes our continued determination to account for our missing. A lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, being captured and missing in a foreign land. Salt symbolizes the tears of the missing and their families. The candle reflects hope for their return, alive or dead. The empty glass symbolizes their inability to share a toast. The empty chair is the seat that remains unclaimed at the table.
An attendee greets World War II veteran Efner "Lucky" Davis and his wife. Davis served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, specifically in Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Louzan, and took part in the occupation of Sendi, Japan, in January 1946. He served an additional four years in the reserves.
Published November 11, 2021