When Cee and I were driving back from Seattle, we stopped for breakfast at Denny’s in Lacey, WA. Denny’s is an American restaurant chain. The food is reliable, standard American breakfast fare, the same at any Denny’s you stop at, so I didn’t expect anything that would bring me to tears.
When we walked in the first thing I saw was a table with one place setting, and a sign proclaiming it a “Military Honor Table”. After we were seated, I went back to look at the table.
I’m a Vietnam vet, and when I started reading the explanation of the table setting I had trouble keeping it together. I’m sorry if the pictures look a little fuzzy. It’s hard to hold an iPhone steady when you’re trying not to cry.
War is never a good thing, never the right way to handle conflicts, but throughout human history it has become our story time and time again. No matter what country you are from, I’m sure that this message will bring forth emotion in you as well.
I sent up a silent remembrance that morning to all of my brothers and sisters in uniform. But I didn’t limit it to those who had been prisoners of war, or who were missing or killed in action. I included the walking wounded as well, those men and women who struggle with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). As far as I am concerned, they are still prisoners of war. Just because they are fighting that war inside their own heads doesn’t make it any less real.
The manager told me that the table had been well received, although her red rose seems to disappear from time to time. I went out on Amazon when we got home and sent her two dozen artificial red roses so that she’d have a supply at hand.
Please take a moment to remember your loved ones who have served.
May peace be with us all so that someday we will no longer need this honor table.
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