Chick-fil-A Restaurant Honors Vets by Setting a 'Missing Man Table' (PHOTO)

They may be known for their famous (and delicious!) chicken sandwiches and for being closed on Sundays, but now an Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A is making headlines for honoring our soldiers who are Missing in Action. Since we celebrate Veterans Day this week, the fast food restaurant couldn't have picked a better time to set a "Missing Man Table."

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A local resident in Marietta, Georgia, Eric Comfort, posted this picture to Facebook, and the image soon went viral.

Here is what my local Chick-fil-a did in honor of Veterans Day. That's why this company is so beloved in Georgia. Unbelievable.

Posted by Eric Comfort on Monday, 9 November 2015

Just in case the image alone isn't enough to make you feel all the feels, read the letter that's posted at the "Missing Man Table" (bold emphasis added):

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.

Store manager Alex Korchen said that the letter is similar to others left on other tables of this nature. I don't know about you, but that last line gets me the most!

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It's a tragic but needed reminder that not all of our soldiers come home, and they all take that risk every time they deploy to protect our safety and American way of life. They could never know how much many of us appreciate them, but this is one small way we can show that we care, and that they are not forgotten.

 

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