November 17, 2017

‘We Shall Always Remember’ Program Honors Veterans

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(Franklin) — One of the objectives of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is Patriotism. There is no better way to show our patriotism than to honor our veterans.

On Saturday November 8, 2014, the James Stewart Chapter NSDAR held a program at the Veterans’ Park in Franklin to honor our veterans

DAR members passed out poppies, programs, flag pins, and copies of the meanings of each fold. Attendees were asked to sign the guest book and all veterans dropped their names in a basket for a chance to win a flag.

Regent Carla Brown welcomed all veterans and guests and thanked them for joining us to honor our local veterans. She stated the great affection we all have for veterans and how much we honor and respect them.

Beverly Baker gave the invocation and Regent Brown led the Pledge of Allegiance. All stood at attention through a US Coast Guard Band rendition of the National Anthem.

Regent Brown gave a history of Veterans Day and Marifaythe Whitley read the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

This poem became synonymous with the great loss of life on the battlefields of Belgium, and France because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields during WWI.

The red color of the poppy was an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare.

Jane Barker and Paige Harrod folded a US flag while Bonnie Baker read the meaning of each fold. Once folded, the flag code was placed in the fold and a volunteer was asked to select a winning card from the basket containing all the veterans’ names.

The winner, Vietnam veteran Lawrence Lipford was presented the flag by Mary Lane.

Mary Wirth placed six flags around the monuments – one for each branch of service.

The flags honored the veterans of the United States Army, the Unites States Navy, the Unites States Air Force, the Unites States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, and the United States Merchant Marines.

Everyone bowed their heads for a moment of silence to honor veterans of past wars and present day.

Veterans were then offered the microphone if they wished to say a few words about their service. Several veterans stepped forward; Lawrence Lipford, Henry Jameson, Robert Doddridge, James Callaway, and Taylor Lee.

There were many career veterans in attendance – one who retired after 45 years of service.

The program ended with heartfelt “Thank You” to all the veterans and a request to remember and support all our soldiers in service today around the globe.

After the program everyone gave personal “Thank You” messages to the veterans in attendance.

Following the service on the square, members of the James Stewart Chapter visited the Heritage Healthcare of Franklin where they presented a United States Veteran cap to each veteran currently living at the facility.

These veterans of World War II and Vietnam shared stories with the ladies and everyone enjoyed the visits.

Tuesday November 11th is officially Veterans Day. The James Stewart Chapter asks that everyone remember the veterans in your lives and take the time to tell them “Thank You” for their service to our country.

Freedom isn’t free – we owe so much to the brave men and women who fight for our freedoms. Thank you veterans! We Shall Always Remember!

(Article submitted by Carla Brown, see above slideshow for several photos from Saturday’s event)

Comments

  1. robert montgomery says:

    FREEDOM COSTS A FEE!! i SALUTE ALL YOU VETERANS OF HEARD COUNTY! Wish I could have made it to VETERANS PARK. My orders to Nam came on a Monday and the President shut it down on that Wednesday!!! I got to set down the gun and raise the FLAG A LITTLE HIGHER! peace and love, red.

  2. The homeless vets in Ft Lauderdale were on my mind today. The city leaders made it illegal to feed the homeless and arrested a 90 year old man for feeding them. They also voted to outlaw the homeless from having things. Things such as blankets , cooler , and extra clothing are illegal items for homeless persons. I have to wonder what people call freedom if we aren’t allowed to help the least among us. Especially if the least are those that paid the greatest price for so called freedom . I have avoided these gatherings and association with Veterans groups for over forty years. If these groups can’t make a stand for their less fortunate brothers then what are the doing? Besides patting each other on the back…

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