America’s White Table

The 6th grade students from South Amherst Middle School (SAMS) invited veterans to their setting of America’s White Table on November 2, 2017. This program was held in the gymnasium of SAMS and was attended by the entire 6th grade, staff, veterans and their guests.

Mrs. Neal, 6th grade reading teacher, guides this semi-annual program that reminds our students to honor the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces. Many different students, some in their Boy Scout uniforms, took turns reading and setting of an actual white table. Students from our band and choir also performed during the ceremony. Please see the program below.

After the presentation, students and guests were invited to our cafeteria for a cupcake reception provided by Ms. Chrissa Justin.

Thank you veterans, we appreciate your service.


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The table honors the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces

The table is round- to show our everlasting devotion and concern for our fallen and missing comrades.

The cloth is white- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, remind us of the life, and the blood that was shed, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith and await answers.

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our commitment, and continued determination to account for our missing.

A slice of lemon on the plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

The salt is to remind us of the tears endured by those missing and their families who still seek answers.

The black napkin is a reminder of the isolation, deprivation, and cruel fate our missing.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted- to symbolize their inability to share this evening with us.

The chair is empty and tilted -they are not here- and will remain so until they return or are accounted for.

“You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains”