My cat was a big beautiful orange tabby who used to go out and do battle with the local possums and raccoons at will. One night, he did not return.
As you entered the dining area, you may have noticed a table at the front, raised to call your attention to its purpose -- it is reserved to honor our missing cats.
Set for six, the empty places represent cats0 still missing from each of the five services -- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and civilians. This Honors Ceremony symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit. Some cats in this room were very young when they were sent into combat; however, all Americans should never forget the brave felines who answered our nation's call and served the cause of freedom with honor. I would like to ask you to stand, and remain standing for a moment of silent prayer, as the Honor Guard places the five service covers and a civilian cap on each empty plate.