A Military Child’s Table Setting Ceremony took place at Hermosa School Nov. 12. This ceremony was part of the Veterans Day activities that the Hermosa School hosted.
Dee Preston, an active member of Battle Creek No. 303 American Legion Auxiliary, in Hermosa, along with seven students from the Hermosa School, participated in this ceremony. The ceremony highlights what children of active duty/deployed military personnel have to contend with while their parent(s) are away for extended periods of time. Each of the students participating held an item that was placed on the table as Preston read the table setting script:
The potted flowering plant symbolizing that a military child may flower and flourish where they are planted.
The hand spade recognizes that they may be transplanted to a new place in the world at a moment’s notice.
The birthday hat and unlit candles, along with the baseball and glove, and ballet slippers represent special occasions that are missed.
The family photo depicting a child with his/her uniformed parent demonstrates our country’s strength.
The final touch to the table setting is the American flag to remind us that families are united in their commitment to national service, at home or away.