We are told to thank all who bravely served in the military on Veterans Day, but there are so many who aren’t with us any longer to accept our heartfelt gratitude. Chick-fil-A acknowledged the veterans who are gone, but definitely not forgotten in a tremendous gesture.
A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Marietta, Georgia showed their appreciation of the intrepid veterans with a “Missing Man Table.” The poignant display is generally set up in military dining facilities of the U.S. armed forces and during occasions such as service branch birthday balls, in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members. This Fallen Comrade Table was inside the fast food restaurant as a reminder of the brave souls that we lost throughout the years.
The table featured a folded American flag, a place setting for the veteran, and a letter titled “Missing Man Table.”
The letter says the following:
“This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms. The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty. The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast. The chair is empty — they are missing.”
Customer Eric Comfort shared this photo on Facebook of the table.
Customers can also write a “thank you” letter to military servicemen and women. The Missing Man Table was put on display Saturday and will remain up through the week.
Participating Chick-fil-A locations across the country are offering free meals to veterans and active-duty members on Veterans Day.