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DAR Members Participate In Saying Welcome Home To Vietnam Era Veterans

 

September 4, 2017

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Col. Dan and Lt. Colonel Carolee Day, U.S. Army, register for the event.

Regent Sharon Jenkins of the Waightstill Avery Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was asked by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War program at the VFW hall on Aug. 26.

The theme of the event would be to say "Welcome Home" to Vietnam era veterans. It was decided that developing decorations and providing staff for the registration area would be the DAR members' contributions.

Regent Jenkins was asked to read names of Navy and Marine veterans during the pinning ceremony.

In the local DAR chapter, when the word decorations is uttered, one name immediately comes to everyone's lips: Debby West. Debby was given the challenge of decorating all tables, both indoors and outdoors, and the registration area. She organized some of her fellow Daughters to get the job done.

Decorating was easy and fun and involved following the prototypes set up by Debby. One Daughter, Charlene Nimer, was extra ambitious and painted the support poles of the registration booth with a coat of fresh white paint. It was the members' goal to make everything very welcoming.

The registration table was divided into specific branches of service so the flow of veterans was very smooth. This was the place to engage the veterans in short conversation and thank them for their service. One man said that this was only the second time in 50 years that he'd been thanked for serving in Vietnam. Another said that this was the first event he had ever attended honoring Vietnam veterans - he'd been too bitter all of these years after being spat on when he returned to the States.

It was wonderful to see many veterans able to wear their wartime uniforms and to feel their pride. Most veterans were accompanied by someone who would pin them during the ceremony. Some families were represented by four generations.

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Veterans and guests enjoyed the patriotically decorated tables which were done by DAR members.

DAR members who participated: Charlene Nimer, Carolyn Migues, Peggy Bridges, Mary King Auman, Dayna Pollett, Dottie Marcinko, Molly Tartt, Portia Odell, Margaret Teal, Debby West, Sue MacCoy, Ruth Anderson, Nancy Davis, Becky Huggins, Jill Chapman, Sarah McCarty and Sharon Jenkins. HODARs (Husband of DAR member) who helped with everything from photography to directing traffic were Phil Davis, John Odell, Bob Jenkins, Ted Migues, and Dave Nimer.

Jenkins said of the chapter's participation, "The Waightstill Avery DAR Chapter was honored to partner with the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary for this event. This is my first year as the Regent of our chapter, and during my administration an important goal is for DAR members to be more involved in our community, specifically honoring our veterans and working with our county's youth education programs. This event allowed us to provide a way for DAR members to say thank you and welcome home by acknowledging and recognizing veterans for their service, sacrifice and commitment to the preservation of our nation's freedom."

 
 

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