The meaning behind the POW MIA Table

This POW/MIA table was set by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 of Martin County to honor those who had not returned from the war. They may be lost, but they are not forgotten. The small table is symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her oppressors. The table itself is round to show that the concern for them is never ending. The tablecloth is white for the purity of fighting men's intentions in responding to their country's call. The single red rose represents the families who keep the faith awaiting. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call. The lemon reminds us of their bitter fate. The salt symbolizes the families' tears as they wait. The glass is turned upside down - they cannot toast or join in the festivities. The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends. The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope. The Bible is open to John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine,but all who are not here today with us.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041
PO Box 2196
Stuart, Florida 34994

Charter President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 of Martin County Jerry D. Smith explains the meaning and symbolism of the Missing Man Table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table, at the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Halpatiokee Park, Stuart Florida, October 25 - 28 2012.