This Memorial Day weekend, restaurants across the state of Maryland will have “Missing Man” tables set in their dining rooms to honor the American soldiers who have lost their lives or are still missing in action while serving their country. These tables are also referred to as a MIA/POW table, Empty table or Fallen Comrade table.
The Missing Man table is a permanent place of honor found in military dining facilities that are also set up during service balls and other military dining occasions. The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of fallen and missing soldiers has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The manner in which the table is decorated is full of special symbols to help us remember the sacrifice these men, women and their families have given to their country.
As families and friends get together this holiday weekend, restaurants across the state will have Missing Man tables set up to remind their customers of those we have lost. The Restaurant Association of Maryland led the effort to educate restaurants on the meaning of the Missing Man table and encouraged their members to participate.
Marshall Weston, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, commented that “Restaurants are the cornerstones of their communities. They often donate to numerous charitable causes and most offer discounts to military and other service members to thank them for what they do to protect us. The Missing Man table is just another way for restaurants to recognize and honor them, while also reminding customers of their sacrifice”.
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The Restaurant Association of Maryland is excited to announce the winners of the 65th Annual Stars of the Restaurant Industry Awards. The Gala celebration and awards presentation took place Sunday, May 5th at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Over thirty thousand people voted for their favorite Maryland restaurants and industry professionals.
“The Gala is our opportunity to honor and give recognition to elite restaurants across the state. We are fortunate to have such a diverse group of restaurants to choose from who are dedicated to their customers, their community and their employees,” said Marshall Weston, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
2019 Award Winners and Honorees
RAM Cornerstone of the Industry Award
Awarded to the companies that best illustrate how restaurants are the cornerstone of the economy and their community. These successful businesses support local communities by creating jobs and financially supporting non-profit groups, schools, scouts and youth sports teams.
Carrol's Creek Cafe - Annapolis
Glory Days Grill - Statewide
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille - Statewide
Miss Shirley's Cafe - Baltimore & Annapolis
Salerno's Restaurant & Catering - Eldersburg
Tino's Italian Bistro - Columbia
Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor 2019 Inductees
Celebrating its 19th anniversary, the Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor was created to recognize those restaurants in Maryland that embody the spirit of the hospitality industry based on their longevity and overall contributions to their customers. Awardees have all been in business for at least 20 years.
The Crackpot Seafood Restaurant - Towson
Jasper’s Restaurant - Largo
Johanssons Dining House - Westminster
Mountain Gate Family Restaurant - Thurmont
The Olde Philadelphia Inn - Rosedale
Old Stein Inn - Edgewater
Tastee Diner - Bethesda
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