Local DAR celebrates veterans with ceremony at the Armory

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a Veterans’ Day ceremony on Saturday at the National Guard Armory. The program, “Honoring Veterans: A Century Beyond the Great War,” paid tribute to the pending centennial of WWI and half-century observance of Vietnam and the veterans who have served our nation over the past century.

Among guests attending were those who served in the Korean and Persian Gulf War eras and an active duty combat veteran of the War on Terror. The supportive role of families and women’s service were honored as well. Battle of Elizabethtown DAR member Karen Reinlib, a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and Reserves joined chapter leaders and cadets from the Paul R. Brown Academy to lay wreaths at the war monuments that span the past century.

After the ceremony, veterans and their guests were invited into the armory where DAR members provided refreshments as another way to thank them for their service. Appreciation was extended to N.C. Army National Guardsmen 1st Sgt. Chris Brophy and Staff Sgt. Jonathon Boyden whose opening of the facility made possible the special event.

Following the reception, the DAR conducted its regular business meeting. Two projects, also related to veterans, were discussed. One was the annual Veterans’ Shower; members donated items for the V.A. Hospital in Fayetteville, to be delivered later this week. The second project will raise funds to contribute to the Honor Flights program which gives veterans a chance to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C.

The chapter was delighted to welcome new member, Ari Formyduval. The recent passing of member Brenda Gooden and the years of service she provided the chapter were recognized. One of her final activities was planning the Constitution Week events in September.

Future events for the chapter include a social, “Honoring Past Regents,” in December and the annual student recognition program in March. The social, a collaboratively planned event with DAR chapters from Robeson and Columbus Counties to be held at Cape Fear Winery, will be attended by Elizabeth Candler Graham, NCSDAR State Regent and Carol Weiss, Vice Regent. It will honor the service of past regents from the chapters and provide an opportunity for new members to learn more about the organization now in its 127th year of service to America promoting patriotism, education and historic preservation.

The student program will recognize area middle and high school student winners for essay writing, good citizenship and leadership.