​"Missing Man Table"

Ceremony from May 8th Chapter meeting

​Wreaths Across America Ceremony

December 16, 2017

Kirsten Alaniz of St. John Paul II Academy receiving her Good Citizenship Award from Estahakee Regent Barb Palladino and Treasurer Susie Wuest at the February 13th Chapter Luncheon Meeting.

As you entered the room, you may have noticed a special table; it is reserved to honor our missing men.

Set for five, the empty chairs represent Americans who were or are missing from each of the services - Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard - all with us in spirit.

Some here were very young, or not yet born, when the Vietnam War began; however, all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call and served the cause of freedom in a special way.

Let me explain the meaning of this table, and then join me for a moment of silent prayer.

The table is round to show our everlasting concern.

The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.

The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.

The yellow ribbon symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return and determination to account for them.

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return; alive or dead.

The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share a toast.

The chairs are empty - they are missing.....(moment of silence).

Let us now raise a glass in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs, to the success of our efforts to account for them, and to the safety of all now serving our nation!

FSSDAR State Conference - March 2017

Celebrate America 2017!

​DAR Good Citizen Award

Estahakee Chapter, NSDAR, Boca Raton, Florida

Welcoming Honor Flight  

April 8th, W. Palm Airport

Florida State Regent, Ginger Poffenberger and Estahakee Regent, Barb Palladino

Right:  Estahakee Regent, Barb Palladino