On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Fisher Elementary third and fourth graders gathered in the school gymnasium to present a special program honoring the community’s veterans. Students recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the Star Spangled Banner, shared the history of Veterans Day, explained the America’s White Table Ceremony and sang a special song honoring veterans.
The group of 20 men and women were moved by the students’ show of respect and deep understanding for the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces. The U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard face separation from families, the trials of combat, and in some cases the loss of life.
Two moments were especially powerful.
Fisher teacher Emilie Huxley stepped out of the gymnasium away from students and guests, then played Taps on the trumpet. The haunting melody drifted over the silent room as all stood at attention.
Zoe Craig quietly told the story of the White Table. She read:
The table honors the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces.
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.
You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains.
Following the presentation, the guests were treated to a brief reception hosted by the Fisher PTSO.