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Memorial Day 2017: Capt’n Con’s Fish House sets up ‘Missing Man Table’

June 7, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Cap'n Cons Restaurant in Bokeelia paid special tribute on Memorial Day by setting up a "Missing Man Table."

"When one of my employees showed me a picture of the 'Missing Man Table' I thought what a great idea," Cap'n Cons owner Luretta Sims said. "I had never heard of it before but I knew we had everything we needed to do it, so we set it up with the best view. People really seemed to like the idea and it's our way to remember what Memorial Day is all about."?According to information from the American Legion and VFW brochures, the symbolism of the "Missing Man Table" is:

"A table set for one symbolizes the frailty of one prisoner of war. The round table represents everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones. A white table cloth is placed to represent the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. A single red rose placed in a vase signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice for their country. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation's call. A single slice of lemon on a bread plate represents the bitter fate of the missing. Salt sprinkled on the bread plate is symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait. The inverted glass represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake. The Bible represents the spiritual strength and faith to sustain those lost. The 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. Finally, the empty chair represents the missing and fallen."

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Missing Man Table in the dining room at Capt’n Cons.


Capt'n Con's Fish House is at 8421 Main St., Bokeelia. For additional information about the restaurant, call 239-283-4300.



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