Sunday, November 4, 2012

Library to honor veterans

The week of Nov. 5, all Fauquier County Public Libraries will begin displaying collages of veterans' photos submitted by county residents.  The collages will be displayed throughout the month.
Photos have captions identifying the veterans, the year and location of the photos if available, and the relationship and name of those submitting the photos if they chose to be identified. Other interesting facts may be included.
The libraries are also displaying a “white table” to honor American veterans.  White tables are modeled after the table in the children's book America's White Table, written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Mike Benny, and by the thousands of white tables set up all over the world in memory and honor of American service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty.
Solitary and solemn, no one ever sits at a white table. In the book America's White Table, as a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give.
The tradition of placing the table began with a group of Vietnam fighter pilots, but has now extended to honor all of those serving this country all around the world. Margot Theis Raven says, “The point is every single day of freedom is brought to you by that person who is not sitting there.”
The small table signifies one lone serviceman’s battle against many. The white cloth honors our comrade’s pure heart for answering his country’s call to duty. The lemon slice and grains of salt represent the captive serviceman’s bitter fate and the tears of his family awaiting his return. A black napkin is placed for the sorrow of captivity. The glass is upside down for the meal that won’t be eaten. The white candle and the red rose represent peace and hope for the serviceman’s return. The empty chair at the table is for the missing serviceman. “You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains.” 

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