Waterfire honors veterans, sets up “Missing Man Table” to remember the missing and fallen
Providence, RI (WLNE) – The theme of this weekend’s Waterfire was a “Salute to Veterans”.
Veterans carried the torches, while the “Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums” performed.
A Veterans Resource Fair was set up on Washington Street. Representatives from the Providence VA Medical Center were available to offer information about healthcare and health insurance. Booths were also set up by vendors who have job openings available for veterans.
A “Missing Man Table” was set up on Steeple Street, where the rivers meet. The “Missing Man Table” pays tribute to the missing, fallen and imprisoned service members. Each part of the table has a special meaning.
The sign next to the table offered the following descriptions:
The round table represents “everlasting concern for our men and women still missing”.
The white tablecloth represents the “purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.”
The black napkin represents “the dark hearts of some politicians and other leaders in government who haven’t tried to bring our soldiers home and who have forgotten them.”
The single red rose in the vase represents the missing service member and their loved ones, “who keep the faith and await answers.”
The red ribbon in the vase represents “the red ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand, with unyielding determination, a proper accounting of our comrades who are not.”
The yellow ribbon on the vase represents the family and friends of the missing.
The slice of lemon represents the “bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.”
The pinches of salt on each plate represent the tears “endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.”
The inverted glass represents “the POW/or MIA’s inability to share in this evening’s meal.”
The candle represents 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.”