NIC honors U.S. veterans at luncheon


Veterans luncheon

North Idaho College veteran students, faculty, staff and guests raise their glasses for the Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony Wednesday during the college’s annual Veterans Luncheon. The table has five empty chairs representing Americans missing from each of the U.S. Military services. The table is set symbolically. From the ceremony:

  • The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.
  • The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to 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 slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
  • A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. 
  • The glasses are inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share this day’s toast. 
  • The chairs are empty -- they are missing.


Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

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