St. Joe Bay’s DAR celebrates Veterans Day

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The St. Joe Bay Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, joined the high school and the community in honoring our veterans at the Port St. Joe High School gymnasium.

The ladies, showing their love of country by wearing red, white, and blue, sat together to the left of the honored guests. The presenting of the colors, the patriotic music, the ROTC drill, and recitations by the students were moving indeed.
But a special stirring of the heart moved some of us to tears as we recognized our friends who fought, and still fight, for us in this our present time, and those who have died, many whom we knew, for freedom’s cause.
We recognize from the stirring words of retired Army Major Cleo Hogan the deep bond of friendship, commitment, and love that grows among those who fight and die for family and country and our God-given freedoms. We in the DAR have recognized this kind of sacrificial love in our own families as the blood of our ancestors has stained American and foreign soil ever since the Revolutionary War. Their sacrifice and that of those recognized at this solemn event is deeply appreciated! May it not have been in vain.
After the ceremony the DAR ladies met for their November meeting and collected Christmas gifts for the veterans at the Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans Nursing Home in Panama City.
The DAR meets monthly at the United Methodist Church in Port St Joe. Members can trace their ancestry back to the Revolutionary War. The chapter promotes American heritage and supports many civic activities in Gulf and Franklin counties. If you are a member of DAR and have moved here, or feel you can track your family heritage back to the Revolutionary War, please contact us. We would like to invite you to join our chapter. Contact Regent Carolyn Forehand for more information at 850-624-3466.

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