Some friends and I had lunch on the north side the other day. While waiting for my friends to finish paying their bill, I noticed this small table at the front of the restaurant, near the entrance. I must have walked right by it on our way in, but it definitely got my attention on the way out.

I had never seen anything like this before, and I wanted to share it with you. In case you can't read the writing in the frame, I have included it below.


  1. The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our  missing men.
  2. The tablecloth is white symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.
  3. 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.
  4. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
  5. 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.
  6. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.
  7. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from out country, founded as one nation under God.
  8. The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share this evening's (morning's/day's) toast.
  9. **There is one more point, but it is unfortunately covered by the frame

So, do you know where I saw this touching display? It was the Pie Pan, located at 905 North Park Drive. I've been there a few times in the past and never noticed that table. I'm not sure if it is a permanent feature (I should have asked but I didn't). It's pretty neat to see though. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner - they're all good - and see for yourself.