The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of prisoners of war and missing comrades has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The way the table is set and decorated is full of special symbols to help remember those "brothers and sisters in arms."
The quotes were taken from the speech that night:
"The table set for one is small - symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors....Remember...."
"The tablecloth is white - symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms....Remember."
"A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate....Remember." "There is salt upon the bread plate - symbolic of the families' tears as they wait.....Remember."
"The glass is inverted - they cannot toast with us this night....Remember"
The candle is lit - symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.....Remember"
"The chair - the chair is empty. They are not here.....Remember"
Pat placed the table close to the dining table
White Dinnerware - "Centura" by Corning (Pat's wedding dinnerware nearly fifty years ago)
Flatware - "Sculpt" by Lenox from Tuesday Morning two years ago
Water Goblet - from the Dollar Tree
Salt Shaker - from Pier 1 two or three years ago (set of six individual shakers)
We will be joining the following Blog parties this week:
"Dishing It! & Digging It!" at Rustic & Refined this Sunday: http://www.rustic-refined.com/
"Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/