Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Holy Spirit Campus held a special White Table Ceremony in honor of Veterans Day on November 11. Mrs. Michelle Cool, a military spouse and third grade teacher, presented the White Table and revealed the symbols of each item at the table to the school gathered for prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
The White Table is a symbol to recognize the fact that military service-members are missing, whether POW or MIA. The table is set for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against their oppressors. The cloth is white to symbolize the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. There is a single red rose to remind us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting for their return. The red ribbon tied to the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. A candle is lit to symbolize the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate and the salt upon the plate is symbolic of the families’ tears as they wait. The glass is inverted and the chair is empty. They cannot join us today, they are not here. Remember. Until the day they come home, remember.
Several members of the United States Air Force joined Montgomery Catholic for the ceremony including Lt. Col. Bill Lynch, Maj. Jade Spurgeon, M.D., Maj. Michael Boe, Col. David Cool, Lt. Col. Andrew D’Ippolito, Lt. Col. Steve Sugiyama, and Lt. Col. Keith Logeman. The faculty, staff, and students thanked our special guests for their sacrifice and service to our great nation and for attending the White Table Ceremony.
Pictured: Montgomery Catholic’s Holy Spirit Campus held a White Table Ceremony in honor of Veterans Day. Attending were Mrs. Michelle Cool, USAF spouse and third grade teacher, United States Air Force officers Lt. Col. Bill Lynch, Maj. Jade Spurgeon, M.D., Maj. Michael Boe, Col. David Cool, Lt. Col. Andrew D’Ippolito, Lt. Col. Steve Sugiyama, and Lt. Col. Keith Logeman.
Submitted by Mary Kelley