We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families,
so we join together to pay humble tribute to them, and to bear witness to their continued absence.
The table is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against
his or her suppressors.
The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond
to their Country's call to arms.
The single rose in the vase signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice
to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our
missing comrades who keep faith while awaiting their return.
The red ribbon on the vase represents the red ribbons worn on the lapels of
the thousands who demand, with unyielding determination, a proper account of our comrades who are not among us.
A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.
The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless fallen tears of
families as they wait.
The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us at this time.
The chair is empty. They are NOT here.The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope that lives in our hearts to illuminate
their way home, away from their captors, to open arms of a grateful nation.
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