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|Local DAR, students honor vets|
One of the priorities of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution organization is to pass the spirit of patriotism on to succeeding generations. With that in mind, members of Oakley Chapter DAR teamed up with Mrs. Tara Bank's Franklin Academy 4th Grade class in presenting an inspirational program honoring the veterans of Plantation Manor Nursing Center on Thursday morning, Nov. 6.
The program began with a "Welcome" by Keith Ferrington, administrator of Plantation Manor Nursing Center, and "Invocation" by Past Regent Mary Belle White. Flag Chairman Marian Johnson led the "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America".
DAR Service to Veterans chairman Candy Massey gave a "Tribute to Veterans" and introduced Mrs. Tara Banks and 4th Grade students of Franklin Academy for their performance. The children were wearing flag pins from Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons and each held a 4" x 6" American Flag. With perfect memory skills and decorum they recited "The American's Creed. Then, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Pat Tharpe, they sang "My Country Tis of Thee" and "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land". Students then stepped into the crowd and presented their flags to the honored veterans.
Mrs. Tharpe played a rousing rendition of Theme Songs of the Military: "Anchors Aweigh" - Navy; "The Caisson's Song" - Army; "Off We go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" - Air Force, and "The Marine Hymn". Veterans waved as their branch of the military's song was played. Candy Massey then led all attendees in singing: "God Bless America". At the end of the program, resident veterans were presented with patriotic mementos from the DAR.
Honored resident veterans were: Stanford Anderson, William Bearden, William Bixler, Sydney Brooks, Edward Davis, Dennis Ezell, Rcell Gilcrease, Horace Green, Elwyn Lyles, Herman McCaa, Junior Mcfarland, Jack Merritt, Williard Mixon, George Noble, Emmett Presley, and Marshall Rollins. (Secretary Marian Johnson)
Tribute to Veterans
A valiant soldier so far from home,
fighting a war that was not his own;
Dodging bullets from enemy fire, and
praying "Dear God, help me not tire."
You left your home and all that was dear,
your wife, your children and all you held near;
You crawled through the mud, the wind, and the rain -
You held in the cry from your hurt and your pain.
Retreat or surrender was never an option you had -
and even through torture, you could say,
"I held out and was glad".
Though many years have passed since the battles you fought -
It is still not forgotten and its lessons still taught.
So thank you brave soldier for fighting for me -
fighting for freedom and liberty.
We will always remember the sacrifice you made -
and forever be gratefull for the great price you paid.
by: Candy Massey, DAR Service to Veterans Chairman
Top photo: Megan Ferrington presents a flag to veteran Edward (Leon) Davis at Plantation Manor Nursing Center in Winnsboro.