Wreath Service at A Jackson’s tomb
The Hermitage home of Andrew Jackson observed the 193rd anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8 with a wreath laying service at his tomb.
Procession music was played by Ron Pearcy and Jeff Hill as state dignitaries and the United States Daughters of 1812 processed from in front of the house to the tomb of Andrew and Rachel Jackson.
President of The Hermitage board of directors Richard Cowart presented the Colors from the Tennessee Army National Guard Color Guard who took part in this activity. He also gave welcoming comments.
The invocation was given by the Rev. Jim Moran from the Hermitage Presbyterian Church.
Phil Ponder led the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag.
Remarks were given by Richard Cowart on the Battle of New Orleans and General Andrew Jackson’s victory on that day Jan. 8, 1815, at the foggy battlefield at Chalmette in New Orleans, which ended the three-year war in the defeat of the British.
The commemoration of placement of wreaths took place next. Mr. Cowart laid a wreath
of magnolia leaves on Andrew Jackson’s Tomb and Tennessee state president of the United States Daughters of 1812, Bettie Gustafson, laid a wreath on Rachel Jackson’s tomb.
Eagle Scout Cameron Grady played “Taps.” The song “The Battle of New Orleans” was played by Ron Pearcy and Jeff Hill.
Closing remarks were given by Mr. Cowart thanking all the people in attendance and the U.S. D. of 1812 who make this special day in history so important for the Hermitage.
Tennessee Daughters then motored to the Jackson’s Church located close by for lunch which was provided by our Tennessee state president, Bettie Gustafson.
Following our meal, Mrs. Gustafson, held a short business meeting. Teresa Deathridge of Upper Cumberland Chapter gave the invocation. Linda Tripp of Old Hickory-Nickajack Chapter led the 1812 Flag Salute. Carolyn Martin of Col. Thomas Hart Benton Chapter led the Tennessee Flag Salute; Nancy Carr, president of Brig. Gen. John Coffee Chapter led the American’s Creed.
President Gustafson spoke about Tennessee State Council to be held March 5 at the Old English Inn in Jackson. Piomingo and Tulip Grove Chapters will be serving as hostesses.
Each chapter is to bring their banner and everyone is asked to bring a special handkerchief to the luncheon for “Show and Tell” time.
Reports are due Feb. 1 to state chairmen and to the awards chairman by Feb. 15. Tennessee daughters gave over $1,500 to national projects and $3,000 to special funds. Third Vice President National, Aline Roberts, reported on the progress at 1463 Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Wiring and air conditioning are being installed throughout the house and refinishing of floors and painting of rooms will begin by early spring.
Mrs. Gustafson reported the state chaplain, Lois Moore, fell and hurt her arm and couldn’t attend today.
National Associate Council will be April 3-6 in Washington, D.C., and we hope several from Tennessee will attend this year. The society members will tour the Octagon House and the British Embassy on April 3.