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Today, we honor those who have served our country.

 

This table is set to honor and remember service members fallen, missing or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is a table where no one will ever sit.

 

This table is round – to show our everlasting devotion and concern for our fallen and missing comrades.

 

The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives while answering the call to duty.

 

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life, and blood that was shed, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith and await answers.

 

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our commitment and continued determination to account for our missing.

 

A slice of lemon on the plate is to remind us of the bitter taste of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

 

The salt is to remind us of the tears endured by those missing and their families who still seek answers.

 

The black napkin is a reminder of the isolation, deprivation and cruel fate of our missing.

 

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

 

The chair is empty and tilted – they are not here – and will remain so until they return or accounted for.

 

To all who have served and those currently serving, we at Life Care Center of Stoneham thank you, and may GOD BLESS AMERICA.