This table, set for one, is small - symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.
The table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.
The single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood 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.
A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.
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 not here.
The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to light the way home; away from their captors to the open arms of a grateful nation.
Let us pray to the Supreme Commandant that all our brothers will soon again be among our ranks.