Chick-fil-A restaurant honors missing soldiers in touching Veterans Day tribute

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Chick-Fil-A Honors Missing Soldiers With Veterans Day Tribute


A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Marietta, Georgia went above and beyond in a poignant Veterans Day tribute that's warming hearts everywhere.

A photo posted on Facebook shows a "Missing Man" table set up to honor soldiers and veterans who are no longer with us.

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, November 9, 2015


Eric Comfort went into the fast-food chain to grab a bite, but was so floored when he saw the touching tribute that he couldn't help but snap a photo of the table and share it with others. In the Facebook post, Comfort writes, "That's why this company is so beloved in Georgia. Unbelievable."

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Jiffy Helton Sarver, of Monroe, Ga., places flowers at the grave of her son, 1st Lt. Joseph Helton, Jr., who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2009, at Georgia National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "This was his favorite time of day," said Sarver. "He loved sunrises." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Veterans bow their heads in prayer during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Jiffy Helton Sarver, of Monroe, Ga., visits the grave of her son, 1st Lt. Joseph Helton, Jr., who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2009, at Georgia National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "His smile and his soft brown eyes," said Sarver of what she remembered most about her son. "He always tried to do better today than he did yesterday and helping someone else do the same." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
People visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall on Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A sailor stands near wreaths during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Army reservist Maj Stephen Hedger of Washington, and his son Lincoln, 1, visit the grave of family friend Army Lt. Col. Dominic Rocco Baragon, who was killed in Iraq in 2003, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Veterans Day. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. military honor guard members participate in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former US Senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole (R) speaks with Superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks Gay Vietzke (L) during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. veterans attend a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WWII veterans visit the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. veteran William Scafe, 60, carries flowers to place in front of the 8th Army War Memorial during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Yongsan Main Post in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
U.S. veteran Michael S. Napsey, center, places a U.S. national flag in front of the 8th Army War Memorial during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Yongsan Main Post in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: Members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment perform the changing of the guard ahead of a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. veteran Edward Times gestures to a colleauge while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WWII Veterans place wreaths at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Girl Scouts Overseas Korea, left, salutes with U.S. and South Korean soldiers during the Veterans Day Ceremony in front of the 8th Army War Memorial at Yongsan Main Post in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: A U.S. veteran reaches out to touch a photograph of a soldier while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: A young girl dressed in an Uncle Sam outfit attends a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Fresh footsteps in the morning dew from a mother visiting her son's grave are seen in the grass as tombstones stand in the background on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Anna Dunlap brings flowers to the grave of her father and Vietnam veteran, Sgt. Forrest Jackson Dunlap Jr., on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "I always did something for him on Veterans Day whether it was taking him out or getting him a card," said Dunlap who lost her father to cancer in May. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Anna Dunlap walks past tombstones after visiting the grave of her father and Vietnam veteran, Sgt. Forrest Jackson Dunlap Jr., on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "I always did something for him on Veterans Day whether it was taking him out or getting him a card," said Dunlap who lost her father to cancer in May. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
US Senator Lisa Murkowski (L), R-Alaska, talks with Former US Senator Bob Dole (R) after laying a wreath at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. veterans walk to a wreath laying ceremony while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Veterans talk while visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall on Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Store manager Alex Korchan told WSB-TV that the whole Atlanta market for Chick-Fil-A, which is headquartered in the city, is doing some kind of military appreciation for Veteran's Day.

Korchan added that it's been "special" to see how touched customers are by the tribute.



The photo shows the table containing a place setting, with a folded American flag, a Bible, and a framed "Missing Man" letter, which reads:

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.

Chick-Fil-A is also offering free meals to veterans and their immediate families today. The chain is just one of many restaurants and stores that are offering deals to honor servicemen for Veterans Day.

Do you know the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Watch the video below to find out:

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