Wednesday, November 11, 2009

America's White Table...

This display stands in the center of my kids' school in honor of Veteran's Day every year...

It gets me every time, I swear.

The display is based on this book and serves as a touching memorial to our military. Each class is read the book during the day, so the kids can grasp the significance of the display. The project brings a true understanding to young children the importance of Veteran's Day, regardless of your race, religion, or political affiliation. It also serves as an all day reminder of the significance of the day.

The table honors the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces and every element symbolizes something different...

"We cover a small table with a white cloth to honor a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty.

We place a lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a captive soldier’s bitter fate and tears of families waiting for loved ones to return.

We push an empty chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here.

We lay a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity, and turn over a glass for the meal that won’t be eaten.

We place a white candle for peace and finally, a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon for the hope that all our missing will return someday. "

Happy Veteran's Day and thank you to those who risk their life to protect our freedom.