Chick-fil-A is going out of its way to show support for our nation, our fallen heroes, and those left behind this Memorial Day weekend.
A cultural flashpoint, Chick-fil-A serves as a strong divide between social justice warriors and traditional American values.
The company’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, famously kept the stores closed on Sunday so all of his employees could partake in religious services or enjoy a day of rest with their families.
Despite protests from social justice warriors and even open criticism of the company by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, the company has continued its patriotic, all-American values – and it’s showing those values brightly this Memorial Day weekend.
Each item of the “Missing Man” display is packed with symbolism:
The table is set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one isolated prisoner. The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. For large events of the Missing Man Table is set for six places: members of the five armed services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) and a sixth place setting reminiscent of the civilians who died during service alongside the armed forces or missing during armed conflict. Table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.
The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.
A single red rose in the vase, 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.
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 bread plate: represents the bitter fate of the missing.
Salt sprinkled on the bread plate: symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.
An inverted glass represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
A lit candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
An empty chair serves as a reminder that the missing and fallen aren’t present.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.