America's White Table

America's White Table

by Margot Theis Raven, Mike Benny (Illustrator)
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Hardcover, 32 pages
Current Retail Price: $16.95
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A little-known tradition to the outside civilian world, "the white table" originated during the time of the Vietnam War as a symbol for and remembrance to service members held prisoner of war or missing in action. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit.

As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set this white table for dinner one night. When Mama explains the significance of each item placed on the table, Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of America's armed services, may be called to give.

The white table has been set across America in mess halls and at military events for almost 30 years. In thoughtful, evocative prose, Margot Theis Raven, author of Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, brings to life this ceremony of remembrance. Artist Mike Benny's intimate, detailed artwork gives a sense of meaning and shared experience.

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter bow justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

General George Washington

--From the dust jacket

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