December 12, 2018

Heard County Veterans Honored at Annual Program

(Franklin, GA) — The James Stewart Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution hosted 55 veterans and their guests at a Veterans Day program held on Saturday, November 10th.

Chapter members began decorating for the annual event Friday afternoon with patriotic colors and informative displays from each of the wars and conflicts beginning with the American Revolution.

Pictured L-R are Thomas Lipford , Regent Lyle, and Lt Colonel Geoffrey Schmalz, US Army (retired) (Photo: William Goode)

Veterans and their guests were welcomed and each veteran received a veteran coffee mug, a card thanking them for their service, an Eisenhower dollar donated by Thomas Miller, and a challenge coin from the American Legion Post #148.

The program began with the opening prayer from Chaplain Jane Barker followed by an honor guard from American Legion Post #148.

The National Anthem was sung by Vietnam veteran, David Posey.

Sharon Frost led the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America. Regent Pamela Lyle gave a brief description of the NSDAR and the goals of the society.

She then recognized Lee Boone, Chairman of the Heard County Board of Commissioners, Joel Rogers, Mayor of Franklin, and Dinah Rowe, Extension Coordinator and 4H Agent.

Durrell Langley from American Legion Post #148 spoke on the history and focus of his organization as they begin the celebration of their 100 years of service.

The keynote speaker for the event was Lt. Colonel, US Army (Retired) Geoffrey Schmalz. LTC Schmalz began by reciting the poem, ‘In Flanders Fields,’ written by Major John McCrae, and then shared the history of Veterans Day. LTC Schmalz retired in 2013 after serving his country for over 22 years.

He concluded his speech by quoting President Woodrow Wilson as he addressed the nation on the first occurrence of Veterans Day in 1919, “To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us ad because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”

Chaplain Jane Barker read the Roll Call of the veterans in attendance. DAR Service to Veterans Chairman, Carla Brown recognized four Vietnam veterans during the program as the chapter continues to participate as a partner with the Vietnam War Commemorative. Regent Lyle followed with a World War I Centennial presentation.

All in attendance were given a commemorative poppy – a flower that has come to symbolize Veterans Day. Guests and veterans were given a bell and encouraged to join millions across the nation on 11/11 at 11:00 am as they ring the bells for the Bells of Peace commemorative event.

Charlie Frost, President of the Heard County Historical Society, shared the last page of a letter describing the passing of a World War I soldier from Heard County on file at the museum.

After a moment of silence for the veterans from times past, “Taps” was played in tandem by Heard County High School students Daniel Burgos and Jesse Workman. Chaplain Barker gave the benediction and Regent Lyle reminded all that it is never too late to say “thank you for your service.”

Over 20 door prizes were given to veterans that attended this event.

On behalf of the James Stewart Chapter, we would like to recognize and thank the following businesses and individuals that honored the veterans at the event with door prizes and other support: American Legion Post #148, Fiddlefarter’s Wings and Things, Franklin Pharmacy, Georgia Deer Farm, Georgia Peanut Commission, Hayes Computer Systems, Heard County High School, Heard County UDC Chapter #2587, Heard County Historical Center and Museum, Heard County Historical Society, Hometown Pizza & Subs, James D. Saint Family, Jimmy Patterson, Lane Poultry, L.L. Rogers & Sons Lumber, Mary Kay – Brenda Ethridge, McCormick Automotive, Store to Door Pizza, Subway of Franklin, Thomas Miller, Terry Harper State Farm, Verity Compliance, Inc., and William Goode Photography.

With special thanks to Heard County Commission Chairman, Lee Boone, for his continued support and Dinah Rowe for her support and allowing the use of the gym for the event.

(Submitted by Pamela A. Lyle, Regent, James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR)

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