In the little town of Anthem, Arizona north of Phoenix, a special memorial was erected in 2011. Its five white pillars represent the five branches of our military—yet it truly stands for all those who have put their lives at risk to serve our nation.

The memorial’s inspired design allows the sun’s rays to beam through slanted elliptical cylinders located at the top of each column so that on Veteran’s Day each year at approximately 11:11 AM, the Great Seal affixed on the ground is illuminated. The tribute to our Veterans relies upon the Almighty’s universal design to achieve its full effect.

Annually on Veteran’s Day, a special service takes place at this special site. The service culminates with the veneration of our service members and the recitation of the poem, The Missing Man Table shared with you below. I encourage you to read it.

As the son of a veteran and the father of three—the day holds special significance.

Thank you will never be sufficient for those who sacrifice and stand firm and take action (Dan. 11:32B) for the idea of America. An idea our Founders themselves—who I would say were inspired by the Divine—pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to defend. It’s an idea wrapped in the pledge, One Nation Under God, that we must continue to stand for today.

In awe and respect for our Vets,

Paul Weber
President & CEO

 

 

The Missing Man Table

The table is round – to show our everlasting concern.

The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.

The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans….and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.

The yellow ribbon symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return and determination to account for them.

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured or missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families.

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share a toast.

The chairs are empty – they are missing…

 And always remembered—Amen!

 

 

 

Family Policy Alliance’s President & CEO Paul Weber (right) with his wife Lois, daughter Molly Grace, and son Gunnar who served in the Air Force.

Family Policy Alliance and our network of over 40 state family policy groups (check to see if you have one in your state!) care deeply about freedom. Our mission every day is to protect the freedom of families to make their own education choices for their children, to protect the right of parents (not government) to guide their children’s medical care, and to ensure parents know what’s happening in their children’s schools. We advocate for people of faith in state capitols across the country, so that every child at school, every charity and ministry, every church, every business—every person—will have the right to freely live out their faith in every aspect of their life.

Because we care so deeply about our freedoms at home, we want to pause from our mission to honor our Veterans who fight and sacrifice to protect our freedoms from external threats. These men and women, and their families, have given so much, and we are incredibly grateful.

Our team is especially thankful for the Veterans in our families. We wanted to share some of our family photos with you. Will you share some of your photos of Veterans you hold dear with us on our Facebook page?

(L) Eric Teetsel, President of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, with his father, Col. Robert Teetsel. (R) Col. Robert Teetsel with a child in Afghanistan. Col. Teetsel is retired from the Army after 29 years in the JAG Corps.

Family Policy Alliance’s Vice President of Finance Rich Caldwell’s daughter Laura with her husband Daniel Tucker at his Air Force Academy commissioning ceremony.

President of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Vince Torres’s mother Yolanda who served over 20 years in the Army.

Family Policy Alliance’s Dir. of Policy Communication Autumn Leva’s grandfather William Carman after he graduated from Navy boot camp in 1954, with his father.

(L) Family Policy Alliance’s Mobilization Manager John Paulton with his son Matthew at West Point. (R) Jack Paulton, John’s father, fought in the Navy in World War II and dropped the depth charges that sunk a Japanese sub off Okinawa.

Family Policy Alliance’s President & CEO Paul Weber (left) with his wife Lois and son Carlton who served in the Coast Guard.

(L) President of Family Policy Alliance of Georgia Cole Muzio’s great uncle Joe (left) and grandfather John Allman in Africa (R) John Allman

John Liggin, Army veteran and grandfather of Brittany Jones, Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance