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Washingtonville Schools Veterans Day Memorial Includes “America’s White Table”

Veterans Honored in Washingtonville Schools
America’s White Table

By Eugenia Moskowitz

The table is round to show our everlasting devotion and concern for our fallen and missing comrades. The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty. The single red rose reminds us of the life and the blood that was shed, and loved ones and friends who keep the faith and await answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, a symbol of commitment and continued determination to account for the missing. A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land. The salt is to remind us of the tears endured by those missing and the families who still seek answers. The black napkin is a reminder of the isolation, deprivation, and cruel fate of our missing. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share this evening with us. The chair is empty and tilted, they are not here and it will remain so until they return or are accounted for.

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