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The Missing Man Table – A Place Setting for One, A Table for All

Thank you so much to Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 1 NC for the solemn and inspiring Missing Man Table presentation during the Heroes Homecoming V press conference on September 13th at the Hope Mills Recreation Center.

At some point in your life, you’ve probably noticed a small, round table that is always set but never occupied—the prisoners of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) table.

The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of our prisoners of war and missing comrades has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The table itself is full of special symbols to help us remember our brothers and sisters in arms.

The Missing Man Table is smaller than the others, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her oppressors. This table is separate from the others and can be set for one to four place settings to represent each service participating in the event.