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Texas Roadhouse pays tribute to 13 fallen U.S. service members after Kabul attack

In addition to dozens of Afghans, 13 U.S. service members were killed in a bombing at Kabul's International Airport on Thursday, Aug. 26. While the entire country pays tribute to the 11 U.S. Marines, one soldier and one Navy corpsman killed in the terrorist attack, on Saturday Hot Springs' Texas Roadhouse, 3623 Central Ave., reserved a table for the fallen.


Photo Provided by Texas Roadhouse Staff

The restaurant also set up an "America's White Table" in honor of the fallen:



Photo Provided by Texas Roadhouse Staff

The "America's White Table," sometimes referred to as "Missing Man Table," is set with numerous symbolic measures. A white table cloth for the purity of their motives. An empty chair for their absence. A black napkin as a reminder of the isolation, deprivation and cruel fate. A red rose as a reminder of the life and blood shed. A tied red ribbon for the commitment and determination to account for the missing. A white candle for peace. Lemon slices for the bitter fate. Salt for the tears endured by the families. And an inverted wine glass to symbolize the fallen's inability to share.


The table will remain set until the end of the day Tuesday.


Provided by The Washington Post, the names, ages and homes of the U.S. service members killed in Kabul were:

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Tex.

  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.

  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah

  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha

  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.

  • Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio


Have you seen any symbols of tribute for these fallen men and women around Hot Springs? Share your photos with us at editor@thehotspringspost.com.