Georgia resident Eric Comfort found a moving Veterans Day tribute in an unlikely place last week when he visited a Chick-fil-A in Marietta, Ga.
The restaurant had set up an empty table, set for one, with a folded American flag, a Bible, and a single red rose, accompanied by a small framed sign describing it as a "Missing Man Table."
The restaurant's manager, Alex Korchan, told WSBTV that the restaurant "wanted to honor veterans and do a setup honoring (the) military." It also offered meals to veterans and their families from 5 to 8 p.m. on Veterans Day.
The framed sign reads:
"This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms. The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty. 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. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast. The chair is empty — they are missing."
"We've had a lot of people who have come in and seen it and been touched by it," Korchan told WSBTV "It's been special to see."
Cover photos via Eric Comfort via Facebook.