January 17, 2022

Wreaths placed to honor our Veterans

Members of American Legion Post 148 left to right Raymond Brown, Larry Denney, Theron Levens, Tom McCutchen, and Durell Langley (Photo: DAR)

(Franklin, GA) — At 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 18th, the blue sky came out for members of the community to participate in a nationwide event – Wreaths across America.  This was Heard County’s first year being a part of this annual event.

Sponsored by the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, and with the help of American Legion Post #148, members of the Glenn Community, and Trustees of the Glenn Independent Methodist Church. Due to incoming inclement weather, Wreaths across America started in the cemetery of the historic church the day before.  Carolyn Glover led the group in a prayer, thanking the deceased veterans for their service to our country.  Glenn residents located 32 veteran graves to mark with the beautiful evergreen wreaths.

The following day, chapter members, veterans, and Heard County citizens gathered at the Veterans Memorial on the square for the official ceremony sent for National Wreath across America Day.  

Carla Brown, Chairman of the DAR Service for Veterans Committee for the chapter, and NE Vice Chairman for the State of Georgia began the program with a welcome followed by a prayer from Pamela Lyle, Chapter Regent.  Brown stated, “Today, across this great nation more than 2700 participating locations – like this one- there are millions of Americans gathering safety as one nation to Remember, Teach, and Honor.  We are all proud to be Americans that live in a free society made up of many people, from many different walks of life. The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price.  These bricks before us and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom and without fear. We can worship as we see fit. We are free to vote for the leaders of our choosing.  And we have the right to succeed and we have the right to fail at whatever endeavor we wish to pursue. The United States of America was founded on the ideals of Freedom, Justice, and Equality.  Our nation stands as a shining beacon of liberty and freedom to the world.  We honor these men and woman and we also honor the families for the sacrifices made each day.  These live balsam fir wreaths symbolize our honor to those who have served and are serving in the armed forces of our great nation.”

Members of the American Legion Post #148 placed the wreaths at the base of the monument.

A moment of silence was observed to remember the fallen, the prisoners of war, and those missing in action and honor those who have served our great nation’s armed forces.  Following the moment of silence, TAPS was played by chapter member, Julia Folsom Saint.

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The NSDAR was founded in 1890 and continues to thrive today. 

Membership is open to any woman 18 years and older that can prove direct lineal descent of a patriot of the Revolutionary War. 

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