Library Honors Those Who Served
American military personnel have always answered the nation’s call to service. The first half of the 20th Century gave birth to two global conflicts whose reverberations are still being felt in the world today. The success of American forces in these global conflicts prompted Americans to set aside a day to honor those who have answered the call to service.
Veterans Day, celebrated each year on November 11, honors Americans who have served in its military forces. The celebration began as Armistice Day, first celebrated on the one-year anniversary of the end of World War. On May 15, 1938, Congress formalized this into a legal holiday. On May 26, 1954, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the holiday name was changed to Veterans Day.
Fauquier Public Library remembers and honors veterans in two ways.
White Table Display
For the week leading up to Veterans Day, a White Table, or Missing Man table, is on display. A small table is used to show the one soldier’s battle against many. Each element on the table symbolizes something:
- A white table cloth for the soldier’s pure heart when answering the call to duty
- A black napkin for the sorrow of captive soldiers
- A lemon slice for the bitter fate of missing soldiers
- Salt for the tears shed by the soldiers’ families
- A turned-over glass for the soldier who cannot enjoy the meal
- A red rose in a vase, tied with a red ribbon, for the hope that the missing soldier will return
- An empty chair for the absent soldier
America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven is a good way to introduce the White Table to children and is available for checkout at all three library locations.
A photo tribute of local men and women who serviced in wars from the Civil War to The Global War on Terror is viewable at all library locations. The photographs will be displayed on large screen monitors at the Warrenton and John Marshall libraries and a laptop located at the circulation desk at the Bealeton library. The tribute, comprised of about 230 photos provided by area residents, is also available online.
Books About Veterans
You can immerse yourself in the experiences of veterans by checking out these personal narratives:
Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic by Mark L. Donald
Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History by Changiz Lahidji and Ralph Pezzullo
Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat From America’s Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan edited by Chuck Larson
The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin
No Ordinary Dog: My Partner From the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid by Will Chesney
Rule Number Two: lessons I learned in a Combat Hospital by Heidi Squier Kraft
Topgun: An American Story by Dan Pedersen
The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War by Samuel Hynes
Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories From the Marine Heroes of World War II by Adam Makos
When the Tempest Gathers: From Mogadishu to the Fight Against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War by Andrew Milburn