Thursday, July 15, 2010
Fallen Soldier Table
At formal military functions, a special table is set up in recognition of those who could not be present because they are POW, MIA, or KIA.
(And for those of you not very acronym-literate, those would stand for prisoner of war, missing in action, or killed in action.)
The following is the official rhetoric, read verbatim to those in attendance:
The table is small, set for one- symbolizing the frailty of one soldier alone against his enemies.
The table cloth is white- symbolizing the purity of the soldier's intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.
The single red rose symbolizes remembrance. It is displayed in a vase, reminding us of the families and loved ones of our comrades in arms who keep their memories alive, lest we forget.
The red ribbon tied prominently on the vase is a reminder of the blood they shed protecting the liberty so loved by our country.
A slice of lemon sits on the bread plate to remind us of the bitterness of their fate.
The plate is covered in salt- symbolic of their families tears.
The glass is inverted, for they cannot toast with us tonight.
The chair is empty, for they can sit with us no longer.
There was one combat casualty from 2-15 FA during their deployment, a pressing reminder to all who were present about the life a soldier lives and the family he (or she) leaves behind.
In remembrance of all the fallen soldiers.