Reelfoot Chapter of DAR meets at museum
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 8:02 pm
Reelfoot Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Obion County Museum.
The meeting was called to order by regent Mary Coleman. Mrs. Coleman and Maggie Vaughan led members present in the DAR Ritual. Beulah Wyatt led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ruth Weldon led in the recitation of the American’s Creed, followed by the singing of “America,” which was led by Linda Lofton. Ann Culp led the salute to the Tennessee flag and Hazel Williams took the lead in the reading of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Mrs. Lofton made a presentation on the Flag Code describing the meaning of each fold of the American Flag. According to the American Legion, the flag code does not call for a ceremonial folding of the flag and the folding procedure is traditional. Also, no one seems to know when or where the meaning of each fold originated or who wrote it. There is speculation that it may have come from a chaplain who attached the mostly Judeo-Christian religious meanings to the folds.
The American flag is folded 13 times to represent the 13 colonies. The first fold is the symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature and our trust in God to Whom we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie in our expression of loyalty to our country as we pledge our allegiance to the flag. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces who protect our country and flag against all her enemies. The eighth fold is a tribute to honor mother for whom it flies on Mother’s Day. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded. The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born. The 11th fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seat of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”
Mrs. Lofton reminded members to fly the American flag and to observe the many holidays recognized by this nation. Three of those holidays are in May. They are Flag Day, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
Rather than Indian Minutes, Mrs. Coleman asked who could trace their heritage to Native American Indian descent. Several responded positively. Penny Hepler informed the chapter of Indian artifacts that have been harvested in the Reelfoot Lake area. Ms. Weldon also reported on Indian artifacts which are found after heavy rains on the inactive volcanic mountains near Parachute, Colo. She told how many ancient Native American beads and arrow heads are found in ant hills where ants have built their mounds around the artifacts.
The president general’s message was read by Mrs. Hepler. The NSDAR president general again sent her thoughts and prayers to the many whose homes and lives have been impacted by the natural disasters occurring in recent months. She reminded the membership that April is an historic month, especially as this is the month which marks the anniversary of the Battle of Concord, the beginning of the American Revolution. She noted that many new NSDAR video productions are now available to help educate the public about the organization.
Ann Thompson read another portion of a speech given at the 2009 NSDAR Congressional Congress in Washington, D.C., by Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general in U.S. military history. Ms. Dunwoody recounted her stopover at Walter Reed Hospital in Germany, where she visited with wounded soldiers. She remembered two in particular. They were Sgt. Jack Schumacher, a 24-year-old infantry soldier from Illinois, and Sgt. Hollimon, a 30-year old quartermaster from Florida. They had both lost limbs in an ambush on their convoy in Afghanistan, but they were more concerned that she let their small outpost in a remote corner of Afghanistan know they were OK. She was awestruck by their courage and asked the question how anyone could not be inspired by these soldiers. The general went on to affirm her belief that families are the foundation of America’s might. She believes values are handed down through families and great institutions like the Daughters of the American Revolution. She ended her speech by thanking the assembly of DAR for helping to keep the American spirit burning bright across our nation and around the world.
Mrs. Coleman asked for remarks in response to this reading. Several expressed their thankfulness for military personnel serving in harm’s way. Mrs. Lofton, whose son, Sgt. Jamie Lofton, is deployed in Iraq, reported she is in touch with him weekly, and he is well, busy and proud to be serving his country.
The treasurer’s report was given by Mrs. Williams and the minutes of the March meeting were read by Mrs. Vaughan.
To commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Reelfoot Chapter, Mrs. Coleman and Josephine Keightley read a brief history of the first chapter, organized in April of 1932, and the names of charter members.
Mrs. Lofton displayed three quilts made by the quilting ladies of First United Methodist Church of Obion. These quilts are to be taken to the Fisher House in Fort Campbell, Ky. The Fisher House accommodates families who come to visit members who are in the military and are sent to Fort Campbell for treatment or rehabilitation after being wounded in war. The families stay in the Fisher House at no expense.
A program on conservation was presented by Mrs. Hepler. She distributed products made from recycled materials. She provided information about the three R’s of recycling. She encouraged all to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for the sake of conserving natural resources. She also provided information about Obion County’s Recycling Center located at 1003B Mount Zion Road in Union City and urged all to take advantage of recycling services offered by this center.
The meeting was adjourned and a period of fellowship and refreshments was enjoyed by those present. Hostesses for the meeting were Mrs. Wyatt and Mrs. Williams.
The next meeting will be June 8 at 11 a.m. at the Obion County Museum. There will be a program to commemorate Flag Day and a luncheon to follow. Members should bring salad, sandwiches or dessert.
Published in The Messenger 4.29.10