You learn something new every day. This, I learned from Elgin School District U46's weekly e-mail blast.
Last week, students at Sunnydale and Lords Park elementary schools read "America's White Table" by Margot Theis Raven. The picture book explores a little-known tradition called the "MIA/POW Remembrance Table" that started on Veterans Day to remember those serving in the Armed Forces.
According to U46, each item on the table symbolizes something to honor our veterans...
- The white tablecloth: A soldier's pure heart
- A lemon slice and salt: A soldier's bitter fate and tears
- An empty chair: A missing soldier
- A black napkin: The sorrow of captivity
- A turned over glass: A meal that will not be eaten
- A white candle: Peace
- A red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon: The hope that our missing will return someday
Something to think about as you remember the men and women who protect our country and its freedoms this Veterans Day.
-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter