By Gretchen B-L
At 9:30 on November 10th, South Ridge started it’s Veterans Day program with the Posting of Colors, where the American Legion Auxiliary and our own Army Reserve, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, brought out the flag of our nation. After the Posting of the Colors, the senior high band played the national anthem, conducted by Mrs. Cox. Once the national anthem was finished, veterans in both the chairs and the bleachers were asked to stand and tell the audience what branch of the military they were a part of.
The band then played “God Bless America.” After, there was the emotional presentation of America’s White Table-
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, the 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”
This presentation was followed by the announcement of the winners of the coloring and essay contests from each elementary grade. Once all were named, the folding of the flag took place-
The first fold is a symbol of life.
The second fold is our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing rank, who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold stands for our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it’s to Him we turn to in times of peace as well as the war for his divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to America. In the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth fold is where our heart lies. It’s with our flag that we pledge allegiance to the flag and the republic it stands for.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces. For it is the armed forces that protect our country and flag against enemies, whether they be domestic or foreign.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it is through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for He has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, which some consider the 13th fold; the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
Once the folding of the flag took place, trumpet players Matt Clark, Joseph Bong, and Alec Rolf played “Taps.” The flags were then taken out of the gym ceremoniously and the students were released. Afterwards, the veterans were given the chance to have cookies and refreshments in the school forum.
Veterans day is a day to celebrate the many people in the United States Military as well as their families and that’s exactly what South Ridge students did on the day of Remembrance and Unity. Thank you, students, for being both respectful and kind towards our visitors. The Panther Press thanks the students and staff of South Ridge School, the families of those who served, and the veterans who fought for our country and our freedom.