Members of James Stewart Chapter and Heard County citizens at the Veterans Day Memorial
Members of the James Stewart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a memorial service in honor of Veterans Day at the Veterans Memorial on the square in Franklin at 11:00 am on Saturday November 10, 2012. Although the service was short, the sharing of memories from attendees was heart-warming and meaningful.
Vice Regent Carla Brown welcomed members and visitors and thanked them for coming. She spoke on the importance of remembering and thanking our veterans on this, their special weekend and on every day during the rest of the year. She reminded all that these brave men and women gave a part of their lives for all of us.
Chaplain Hollis Crockett gave the Veterans Day prayer. Member Rita Porter led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Member Betsie Smith read the poem “In Flander’s Fields” and Carla Brown gave a brief history of Veterans Day. Rita Porter placed the Flags representing the 6 branches of the United States Military: the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marines, the United States Merchant Marines, and the United States Coast Guard.
Member Mary Lane spoke of the importance of thanking our veterans for their service and led attendees in a moment of silence. She then led attendees in the sharing of memories of our Heard County veterans. Every one there was a veteran or related to a veteran on the Veteran’s Memorial wall and took turns pointing out their veteran’s brick or bricks and sharing stories of valor and love. The veterans in attendance shared their military service and received many a “Thank You” from those in attendance.
The James Stewart Chapter would like to thank everyone who came and shared this important memorial with us and urge everyone to always take the time to thank a veteran not just on Veterans Day, but on every day of the year.
James Stewart Vice Regent Carla Brown with Heard County Veterans Bob Yates, Charles Gore, Raymond Brown, Joseph Lawley, and Taylor Lee