Tuesday, July 20, 2004 • USS NIMITZ

A second visit . . .

The Tower and Bridge . . . the white covering is to prevent
noxious gases from getting into the atmosphere.

 

Sharon Crowley Edwards tries out the navigator's chair and has the bridge under control . . .

 

OK, maybe with a little help from Commander Evan Piritz. The Boss.

 

Each link on a Nimitz anchor chain weighs more than a ton – and their are two chains.

 

The Officers Mess aboard the Nimitz. There are no Officers here,
which is why we suspect there is no Mess.

 

The Missing Man Table aboard the Nimitz is not just for special occasions.
It has a permanent place in the Officers Mess.

 

This table is set in a place of honor to remember our brothers in arms who are still on patrol. It is set for one and is filled with symbolism. This table is our way of recognizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. We will not forget.

They are commonly called KIA.MIA.POW's, but we call them brothers. They are unable to be with us today and so we remember them because of their sacrifice. Absent here, but never forgotten, they remain our comrades.

The table is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her oppressors. The table is round, to show that our concern for them never ends. Remember.

The table cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their response to our country's call to arms. Remember.

The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no particular Sailor, but all who are not here with us. Remember.

The Bible represents faith, in whatever form or religion, a faith that resides in each of us and helps sustain our missing comrades, eases the passage of the fallen, and provides solace to the families, friends and shipmates. It also represents the pledge to our country, founded as "One Nation Under God." Remember.

The American flag placed on the table is the symbol for which so many of our comrades have fought and died. Remember.

The napkin is black, symbolizing the emptiness those warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends. Remember.

The single red rose on the table reminds us of the blood shed by our missing comrades in defense of our country. Remember.

The red ribbon tied so prominently around the rose is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn on the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember.

The candle represents freedom. The light of the candle will guide us so we may be worthy of their sacrifices in the execution of our own duties. Remember.

The yellow ribbon ties around the candle symbolizes the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet unaccounted for. Remember.

The slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of their bitter fate. There is also salt on the bread plate, symbolic of the families' tears as they wait or grieve. Remember.

The wine glass is inverted because our valiant comrades cannot toast with us. Remember.

Remember their sacrifices, you who have served with them and called them comrades, and all of you who depended on their might and aid in protecting your freedom. Remember.

 

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Photos & Missing Man text are thanks to Roger McKee Connor.