January 17, 2022

Local citizens receive Georgia State Society NSDAR Service to Veterans Awards

Carla Brown (L) and Pamela Lyle (Photo: Julia Saint)

As part of the Veterans Day Bench Dedication Ceremony on Saturday November 13, 2021, the James Stewart Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, presented DAR Service to Veterans Awards to two local Heard County citizens who have spent countless hours of their time in the service to our veterans. 

The chapter was pleased to honor DAR member Carla Marie James Brown with the medal and certificate as the 2020 Georgia State Recipient of the NSDAR Service for Veterans Award given to member of the DAR for outstanding service to veterans.

In 2013, 20 veterans stood in this very square on Veterans Day. 

Carla Brown looked at the gathering and knew that there had to be more veterans in the county. It became her goal to locate and honor the Heard County veterans.

Serving 2 terms as Regent of the James Stewart chapter, 4 years as Chapter Chairman for the Veterans Committee, and the previous 2 years as State Vice Regent, DAR Service for Veterans, Carla continues to make our veterans her primary focus.

Because of her partnership with the American Legion and through working with the local press, Carla’s list of veterans has grown to just under 300 in a short 6-year period.

She continues to coordinate veteran’s activities around the county and secured a grant in 2017 that continues to fund chapter activities and recognitions.

One of the most prestigious awards given by the NSDAR is the Outstanding Veteran Volunteer.

This award is special because it is presented to a veteran to recognize his or her outstanding achievement within their community.

The recipient must demonstrate significant contributions in leadership, patriotism and increased public awareness of veterans.

The chapter was pleased to present the NSDAR Outstanding Veterans Volunteer Award to Durell Langley.

Our chapter members meet in September of 2019 and unanimously nominated Durell Langley for the award and the lengthy application process began. 

Upon reviewing his service record, community outreach, and letters of recommendation, there was no doubt that Durell met all the criteria for this award.  

Durell answered the call to serve his country in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, and so many more. 

Upon his return, Durell turned his focus to his community.  In 2017, Durell envisioned and implemented a county-wide veterans program, “Veterans Helping Veterans” through American Legion Post 148. 

Veteran Durell Langley (Photo: Julia Saint)

A member for 42 years, under his leadership the program has supported many veterans in the county.

Two years ago, Lee Boone summed it up best. “I have known Durell for many years and witnessed him go above and beyond to dedicate his time, effort, and resources to help veterans in need of assistance. His story is one that should be nationally recognized as an example of courage and self-sacrifice for others to follow”.  

In 2020, Durell was selected for the award by the Georgia State NSDAR and then went on to receive recognition for his work by being selected as the winner in the Southeastern Division – only 1 of 8 finalists throughout the country.

The James Stewart Chapter NSDAR is thrilled to have these two awards given to these two special Heard County citizens.

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 jamesstewartchapterdar@gmail.com.

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