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,
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!
As you know by now, our family lived for more than a decade in Washington D.C. and enjoyed all it had to offer. There are well over 160 monuments and memorials in D.C., and I have to admit we only saw a fraction of these. However, one memorial will be forever burned into my memory: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The memorial itself is very subdued, but the impact comes from the roughly 58,000 names of service members who gave their lives in service to their country during the Vietnam War. Included on the wall is the name of one of my wife’s family. We honored his sacrifice by praying as a family as we stood in front of his inscribed name.
Memorial Day was this past Monday and I hope that you honored in in some way the thousands of men and women who gave their lives defending our freedoms in this great country. We can never repay their sacrifice.
I hope you also prayed for currently enlisted members of our military. To these young men and women, I salute you, and your families. Your sacrifices are what help make this country great. The heart and soul of America is worth fighting for, whether it’s on the battlefield, in an election booth, or in our daily life experiences. Let’s treasure what we have every day and fight to protect the freedoms purchased at such high a price.
With deep gratitude and sincere humility,
President & Executive Director
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?