Trinity Health will have Missing Man Tables on display at three of its locations in observance of Memorial Day.
Tables will be assembled Thursday, May 26, and remain on display through the Memorial Day holiday at the Trinity Hospital Cafeteria, Trinity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital lobby, and Trinity Homes 1st Floor Centre.
A Missing Man or POW/MIA Table honors fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members with specific items that symbolize their courage and sacrifice:
Table Set for One – Symbolizes frailty of one prisoner alone against his/her oppressors.
White Tablecloth – Represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to service.
Empty Chair – Depicts an unknown face, representing no specific soldier, sailor, airman, or marine.
Bible – Represents faith in a higher power and our country’s founding as one nation under God.
Black Napkin – Stands for the emptiness the warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends.
Single Red Rose – Reminds us of their families and loved ones.
Red Ribbon – Represents love of country, which inspired them to answer our nation’s call.
Yellow Candle and Ribbon – Symbolizes the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet unaccounted for.
Lemon Slices and Salt Upon Bread Plate – Reminds us of their bitter fate and the tears of their families.
Inverted Glass – Reminds us that the distinguished comrades cannot be present to drink a toast or join in the day’s festivities.