Jacob Flournoy DAR honors veterans
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 8:02 pm
The Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was recently joined by the band Memory Makers and a large group of visitors at Haws Nursing Home in Fulton to honor veterans living there.
Among the veterans are two women — one resident and one employee. There are also three band members who are veterans.
The band member veterans include Bill Gwaltney and Charles Pounds, both who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and Lamon Kilzer, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Haws residents who are veterans are Bobby Cash, U.S. Air Force; Margaret Mead, U.S. Army during World War II; and Natha Tannery, Murrell Stephens and Joe Bradshaw, all U.S. Army. Staff members who are veterans include Gerald Wilson, U.S. Army; and Robin Chappell, U.S. Army during Desert Storm.
Haws activity director Joan Roy welcomed everyone and introduced the veterans. She then turned the program over to Lora James, Jacob Flournoy Service for Veterans officer. Mrs. James announced potted flowering plants and desk-size flags were brought for the rooms of the veterans.
She then introduced the band, which played patriotic songs, as well as the theme songs of each branch of service. After playing of the patriotic music, the Memory Makers dedicated a special song to Jacob Flournoy member Lucy Andrews. The band then took requests from the 1940s to the present.
As the 11:11 a.m. hour approached, Mrs. James led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. She then suggested a moment of silence in honor of the time. This was followed by the group joining the Memory Makers in singing “God Bless America.”
This was followed by more requests by the group and singing with the band. At the conclusion, Mrs. James expressed appreciation to the veterans, the band, Ms. Roy and the staff at Haws Memorial Nursing Home and Rehab for making it a special day for the veterans, as well as the others who live there.
She also gave Mrs. Charles W. Andrews a special thanks for getting the band together.
Published in The Messenger 11.25.11