To honor the men and women who have served in America's Armed Forces, Dodgen MS set up what is referred to as "America's White Table." Health teacher, Roberta Fletcher, came to me with this unique idea. With my enthusiastic approval, she set a table in our school cafeteria. This is the 2nd year that Ms. Fletcher has provided this wonderful display. The little white table we have set for Veteran's Day at Dodgen MS is just like the ones that have stood in American dining halls of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. A small table is used to show one soldier's lonely battle against many. It is covered with a white cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart when they answer their country's call to duty. A lemon slice and grains of salt are placed on a plate to show a captive soldier's bitter fate, and the tears of families waiting for loved ones to return. An empty chair is pushed to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here. A black napkin is placed on the table to reflect the sorrow of captivity. A glass is turned over to symbolize the meal that will not be eaten. A white candle is placed on the table to reflect peace. A red rose is placed in a vase and tied with a red ribbon in the hope that all of our missing will return one day. It is difficult for us to understand the suffering that adults sometimes must go through to protect their families and friends that make up our great country, America. The little white table should serve as a meaningful reminder to all of us, young and old.