This table, set for one, it 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 red rose in the vase,
signifies the blood they many 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 the faith, while awaiting their return.
The yellow ribbon on the vase
represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting
of our comrades who are not among us tonight.
The 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 this night.
The chair is empty - they are
The candle is reminiscent of the
light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful
Let us pray to the supreme commander
that all of our comrades will soon be back within our ranks.
Let us remember and never forget their
May god forever watch over them and protect them and their families.