Central Crossing Senior Center leaves place for missing service members
September 20, 2017
You may have noticed a special table as you enter the line to eat lunch at the Central Crossing Senior Center. It is accompanied by a special tribute to honor our missing service men. It reads as follows:
The table is round, to show their everlasting concern.
The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
The single red rose, reminds of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon a symbol of the continued determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek closure.
The lighted candle reflectsthe hope for their return, alive or dead.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith, to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one Nation under God.
The glass is inverted, symbolizing their inability to share a toast.
The chair is empty; they are missing.
WWII - 73,000
Korean War - 7,800
Vietnam War - 1,600
Cold War - 126
Middle East - 6.