December 4, 2021

Veterans Bench Dedication held on Franklin Square

Caption: Sitting L-R: Veterans Raymond Brown, Durell Langley, Bob Yates
Standing L-R: Michael Steele (Veteran), Bethany Dunmire (CES Braves Patrol), Mike Campbell (Casimir Pulaski Chapter NSSAR), James Stewart Chapter Members Carla Brown, Paige Harrod, Tracey Hunt, Jane Barker, Julia Saint, Amy Caouette, Pamela Lyle, Jim Stinson (Interim President Casimir Pulaski Chapter NSSAR) Gabby Smith (CES Braves Patrol) (Photo courtesy of Diane Dunmire)

(Franklin, GA) — The James Stewart Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held a ceremony to dedicate a bench to the veterans of Heard County on the square on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Attendees were welcomed by Pamela Lyle, James Stewart Chapter Regent.  Bethany Dunmire and Gabby Smith, members of the Centralhatchee Braves Patrol, led attendees in the pledge to the flag. 

James Stewart Chapter  DAR Service to Veterans Chairman,  Carla Brown,  led attendees in the American’s Creed.   She then recognized Lee Boone, Heard County Commission Chairman, and two members of the Casimir Pulaski Chapter, NSSAR, Interim President Jim Swinson and member Mike Campbell.  Both men were dressed in replicas of the authentic clothing  worn by George Washington’s staff and stood at each end of the bench throughout the ceremony.

Carla Brown gave the dedication speech, “ The DAR Service for Veterans Committee serves America’s veterans. The committee provides a tangible way for DAR members to say “thank you” by acknowledging and recognizing veterans’ service, sacrifice, and commitment to the preservation of our nation’s freedom. Over the years the James Stewart Chapter has honored our local veterans in many different ways – meals, cards, concerts, caps, mugs, and more.  Last year we decided to buy a bench to serve as a permanent memorial for our veterans.  We bought the bench, but because of covid, we could not formally dedicate it. 

Today we are here to rectify that with a formal dedication for our bench. We all know how precious our veterans are.  We owe them our freedom, our gratitude, and our future.  We hope this bench will be here to show all present and future veterans that people do appreciate their service to America and her people. I have my own Vietnam Veteran who I try to appreciate every day.

Today we pay homage not only to those who gave their lives but to all our veterans of today and of future generations. We thank you for your service and are so pleased to be able to provide this bench to honor every Heard County veteran past, present, and future. Our veterans will come and sit here and know that they are appreciated. We also hope families of our lost veterans will come and sit here and know that their veterans are appreciated by many.     

The dedication plaque reads: “This bench is dedicated to all the veterans of Heard County.  Thank you for your service. James Stewart Chapter NSDAR, November 13, 2021.” and is permanently mounted for all to see.

I would like to thank the members of the James Stewart Chapter who have supported this committee, Commission Chairman Lee Boone for all his support and assistance, and Hardees for their monetary contribution that made this possible. I would like to thank all of you here today for your support of our veterans.”

The members of the Casimir Pulaski Chapter, NSSAR uncovered the plaque.   Regent Lyle then presented the 2020 Georgia State Society Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans award to chapter member Carla Brown and the 2020 Georgia State Society Outstanding Veterans Volunteer award to veteran Durell Langley.  James Stewart Chapter Chaplain  Jane Barker gave the closing prayer.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education consists of over 190,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the world.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. DAR is one of the worlds’ largest and most active service organizations with nearly 180,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide.

Prospective members must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her Patriot ancestor.  We can help you find your Revolutionary Patriot.  Please consider becoming a member today.  Our email address is


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