Twin Cities DAR group honors local veterans, presents award

Twin Cities DAR group honors local veterans, presents award

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 8:00 pm

The Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its November meeting at Fulton City Hall.
During the social time, Margaret Perry, Lora James and Rose Oliver served as hostesses. The food table was covered with a gold tablecloth and was centered with a large bouquet of assorted fall flowers and leaves. A dark brown Hull pottery water pitcher served as the vase. Matching cloth napkins were used. Petite sandwiches, assorted cakes and cookies, chips and dip and nuts were serves from antique cut crystal cake stands and bowls. Apple juice was served as the drink to go along with the fall theme.
The business meeting was opened by regent Sallie Ferguson. Elaine Allen filled in for chaplain Agnes Sublette. Ramona Moon led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The American Creed and Preamble were also said in unison.
Officer, National Defense and American Indian reports were given. Mrs. Ferguson noted the large Native American display at the Twin Cities Railroad Museum will be there until the end of the month.
Mrs. James gave a report on the Veterans Day program at Haws Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center in Fulton. She stated the highlight of the event was the South Fulton Elementary School choir singing patriotic songs. There were 45 members of the choir, who were led by music director Greg Sinclair. Other special guests were Fulton Mayor Elaine Forrester and South Fulton Mayor Eddie Cassetty.
Also in attendance was Sam Holley of Park Terrace Village. The 98-year-old World War II veteran visits Haws Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center every day. He was presented a homemade lap robe by the DAR chapter when veterans at Haws received their lap robes. The lap robes, which were made by Mrs. James, were presented to the veterans by the two mayors on behalf of the chapter.
As the young singers were leaving, they were presented with desk-sized American flags by DAR members and treated to snacks by Haws.
Ms. Moon, serving as program leader for the November meeting, then introduced guest speaker Don Livingston and his wife, Joan Livingston. He was presented the National Historical Preservation Award by Mrs. Ferguson on behalf of the club for his work regarding the remapping of area cemeteries, as well as other research he has done and the seven books he has published.
He gave a very informative talk on how he did the work, being careful to give credit for help from his wife and others. He stated he had found the graves of four veterans from the War of 1812. So far, he has mapped or is in the process of mapping 94 cemeteries. An unusual fact he shared included how small cemeteries were moved to larger cemeteries. An example of this is the Linder Cemetery, which was moved to Greenlea in Fulton. In some instances, grave markers were moved and the cemeteries are being farmed over. Much of Livingston’s material is at Fulton Library for anyone who wants more information. Many times, Livingston can also be found at the library.
The next meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at The Keg restaurant in Fulton. Peggy Lohaus and Mrs. James will serve as hostesses for the Dutch treat meal.

Published in The Messenger 11.21.12

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