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November 08, 2018

Saving a Table

We take the month of November to recognize, remember and support those who have risked their lives for our freedoms. Honoring a tradition that arose during the Vietnam War, we're displaying prisoner of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) tables across our campus in McLean, Virginia, to honor our veterans.

"We value the sacrifice that military servicemen and servicewomen have made for this country. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice," said James Hilbert, co-chair of the Freddie Mac Military Appreciation employee resource group. "The POW/MIA table is a visual representation of those who are yet to make it home and those who will never make it home. By seeing that empty table, we hope our employees take second to reflect and honor those who have served."

According to The American Legion, each element of the table setting has specific symbolic meaning:

  • This table is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing, they are referred to as POW and MIAs.
  • The white tablecloth is symbolic of the purity of their intentions to answer our Nation's call.
  • The red rose signifies the blood they may have shed to ensure our freedoms.
  • A lemon reminds us of their bitter fate.
  • The salt reminds of the countless tears of families and friends as they await their return.
  • The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us at this time.
  • The chair is empty, they are NOT here.
  • The candle is reminiscent of hope that they may return.
  • The American flag reminds us that they may never return and have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom.