Library displays 'white table' memorial for Veterans Day

White Table

“America's White Table” appears at the Crestview Public Library for Veterans Day weekend. A popular book inspired the small display that honors U.S. soldiers.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 03:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Public Library honors service members this weekend with a special veterans display. "America's White Table,” a well read book by Margot Theis Raven, inspired the spread.

The white tablecloth symbolizes a soldier's pure heart he or she decides to go off to war. The empty chair symbolizes the soldier’s absence from home. The plate is empty except for one lemon wedge, which represents a soldier's bitter fate. A white candle shines on a nearby rose, which symbolizes hope that missing soldiers will someday return home. A shaker of salt represents the tears shed for missing service members.

"We don't think about what we have; we often take things in the country for granted," said Assistant Librarian Marie Garcia, who has several family members who served in the military. Her father, Michael, is a retired Air Force member who lives in Crestview.  

The display is scheduled to remain open at the library until Veterans Day. The library will be closed in observance of the holiday.

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