Cottageville Elementary celebrates veterans Day
by The Press and Standard | November 15, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm
By Janis Headden
Third, fourth, and fifth-grade students at Cottageville Elementary learned on Monday Nov. 11 why Americans celebrate Veteran’s Day. Through the experiences of three veterans, the students listened as they reminisced about the importance of their service and sacrifices for our freedom.
Dressed in their uniforms and service memorabilia, Bob Tiegs, John Wallace and Michael Lee Carroll answered students’ questions about their positions and time served in the military.
Students enjoyed lunch with the men and laughed over stories of all the pranks the men pulled on their fellow officers.
The children also observed the White Table set for one on the stage in the cafeteria. The table is set for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner against his enemies. The white tablecloth represents the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. The single red rose in the vase tied with a red ribbon signifies the bloodshed for our freedom and the families and friends who keep the faith for their return. The chair is empty in remembrance of those lost and no longer with us. The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation. The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds of the countless fallen tears of the families as they wait. The glass is inverted for the soldiers who won’t be here to enjoy the meal. A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of the bitter fate of the captive soldier. The flag behind the table is a powerful reminder that the remains of some 78,000 Americans are unaccounted for from World War II, 8,100 from the Korean War, 1,800 from the Vietnam War, 120 from the Cold War and one from the Gulf War.
Cottageville Elementary would like to thank and honor those who serve and have served in any type of military during both wartime and peace.