Elkins-Randolph County Public Library display honors veterans

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is honoring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by displaying a White Table memorial through this weekend.

The display — also known as the “Missing Man Table” — will remain through Veterans Day Sunday at the entrance of the library.

The table features multiple symbolic objects, all of which are to show tribute to the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces.

“Because of the symbolism of the items on the table, it is educational for young children to come by and see the display,” Stephanie Murphy, the library’s executive director, stated.

The table is round, to show everlasting devotion to those who have fallen and are missing in combat.

The cloth of the table is white, to show the purity of the soldiers’ motives in answering the call of duty.

The vase on the table holds a single red rose, which has two meanings, in being a reminder of soldiers’ lives in their blood that was shed, and as a reminder and tribute to loved ones and families who are still searching and waiting for answers.

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, which shows the commitment and dedication of Americans to account for the missing.

On the table, a plate is set with a lemon and salt. The single slice of lemon is a reminder of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in foreign lands.

The salt on the plate is a reminder of the tears endured by the missing and the tears of their families.

The black napkin on the table is a reminder of the isolation that those still missing face.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith, which contains those lost from our country, as we are one nation under God.

The inverted glass shows the inability for the soldiers to spend the evening with us.

The empty, inverted chair symbolizes that these soldiers are not here and the chair will remain tilted and empty until they come home.

The White Table will return to the library on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day in 2019.