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Hershey campus marks Memorial Day with Missing Man table, virtual observance

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center installed a Missing Man table in the Rotunda Café in honor of Memorial Day.

Also known as a fallen comrade table, similar memorials appear in U.S. military dining facilities and during official functions and salute fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members. Various aspects of the table setting have symbolic meaning, such as the round table showing everlasting concern and an inverted glass representing these service members’ inability to share in a toast. Learn more about the Missing Man table observance here.

As a further part of its Memorial Day observance, the campus Military and Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group held a virtual event May 21. Pennsylvania State Rep. Tom Mehaffie and Deborah Berini, Hershey Medical Center president, were guest speakers.

Those interested in supporting a military/veteran-friendly campus can learn more about the group and its activities by emailing

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