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THIS IS OUR LATEST LIST OF DEPARTED CREW MATES. PLEASE CONTACT THE SHIP'S COORDINATOR IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL NAMES TO ADD OR CORRECTIONS TO BE MADE.

THE MISSING MAN TABLE
(ceremony conducted at 2017 reunion banquet)

The table that stands before you is a place of honor. In setting this table, we acknowledge those missing from our celebration today, and we remember them.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The tablecloth is white symbolizing the purity of their intentions in responding to the nation's call to arms.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The empty chair is for the missing and fallen that aren't present.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The inverted glass represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter suffering.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The salt sprinkled on the plate is symbolic of the countless fallen tears of the families.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The Bible represents the spiritual strength and faith to sustain those lost from our country.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The single red rose signifies the blood that 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.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
The burning candle symbolizes the everlasting hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home to the open arms of a grateful nation.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)
Remember all who have served alongside them; we who have donned the same proud uniform, being sworn to the same faith and allegiance -- we will never forget their sacrifice.
REMEMBER (bell is rung)

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