LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - America's White Table. A simple white table rich in symbolism for it honors those missing in action or prisoners of war. Local business woman Lollion Elmer explains, "It started in Vietnam and they set up this white table to indicate that they were waiting for the return of their comrade."
Elmer read the story of the White Table some seven years ago and was moved to tears. It was then she decided to spread the word about this way to honor these soldiers who may never return home. She says, "I thought, gee, why can't Southwest Louisiana do this. To the families, particularly to those who have sacrificed, why can't we send a message to those families that we do remember."
The third Friday in September is a day designated to remember POW's and MIA's. But Elmer and others leave the table up year 'round as a reminder to remember these soldiers. "We have a white cloth that honors a soldier's pure heart, the lemon slice on a plate shows a captive soldier's bitter fate. A grain of salt on a plate for the tears the families waiting for their loved ones to return. The empty chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not there. We have a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity. We have a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon for the hope that all missing will return some day."
Elmer hopes other businesses, schools and individuals will also set white tables to help assure those who sacrificed so much will not be forgotten. For more information on setting a White Table click here.