Tardiff-Belanger American Legion Post 39 and Auxiliary Unit 39 held a Military Child’s Table Setting Ceremony following the installation of officers. From left are Amy Washburn and Rich Robinson. Submitted photo

MADISON — Tardiff-Belanger American Legion Post 39 and Auxiliary Unit 39 held a Military Child’s Table Setting Ceremony following the Installation of Officers. The ceremony was performed jointly by Post 39 Chaplin Rich Robinson and Unit 39 Chaplin Amy Washburn, according to a news release from the legion.

April is designated as Month of the Military Child — a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas.

The ceremony includes: The potted flowering plant symbolizing that a military child by flower and flourish where they are planted; the hand spade recognized 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; and the family photo depicting a child with his/her uniformed parent/parents demonstrates the country’s strength.

The final touch to the table setting is the American flag, a reminder that families are united in their commitment to national service, at home or away.

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