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|Students, DAR bring smiles to local vets|
One of the most important priorities of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution organization is 'passing the spirit of patriotism on to succeeding generations'.
With that in mind, members of Oakley Chapter DAR teamed up with Mrs. Diane K. Martin's Franklin Academy 4th Grade class in presenting an inspirational program honoring the Veterans of Plantation Manor Nursing Center on Wednesday morning, November 10.
The 'Tribute to Our Veterans' program began with a 'Welcome' by Administrator Keith Ferrington and 'Invocation' by Dwain Tharpe. DAR flag chairman Marian Johnson led 'The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America'.
DAR Veterans chairman Candace Massey introduced Franklin Academy's Mrs. Diane Martin and 4th Grade students for their performance. The students were each wearing a lapel flag pin provided by Winnsboro Mayor Jackie Johnson. Each student held a 6" x 4" American flag as they recited "The American's Creed'; sang "My Country Tis of Thee' and ended with 'This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land'. Students then presented their flag to the honored Veterans.
Veterans chairman Candace Massey sang 'God Bless America' and read a poem that she had written for the veterans: 'We Honor'. (Poem posted online at www.franklinsun.com).
Pianist Mary Pat Tharpe played patriotic songs: 'This Is My Country"; "You're a Grand Old Flag"; "Anchors Away"- Navy; "The Caisson's Song" - Army; "Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder" - Air Force; and "The Marine Hymn".
Candace Massey presented a bronze plaque to Plantation Manor inscribed with the names of resident veterans; and gifts to each veteran. Massey also penned a poem for the occasion, "We Honor," which can be seen on the Sun Web site at www.franklinsun.com.
The program concluded with the group singing of "God Bless America". Refreshments were provided for all by Plantation Manor Nursing Center. Secretary Marian Johnson.
By Candace Massey
Years have passed and time moved on,
Memories are fading but some linger strong.
The days of battle are but distant scenes
Burned in your minds, burned in your dreams.
It seems like yesterday that you were so young,
Standing at attention, waiting for orders to be done.
The work was hard and the days were long,
And you sometimes wondered would you ever make it home.
Some gave their life; some gave their limb,
And for those who came home, most fight the battle still.
For there is never a war been fought to this day,
Where many men's lives were not taken away.
You fought with valor and nerves made of steel,
Never once complaining about how you might feel.
You stood your ground, freedom the key
And gave this great country the right to be free.
So we salute you, we honor you, and we give you our praise
And we remember your sacrifice on those long ago dark days.
We will never forget all you've given to us,
You've taught us to love, to live and to honor and trust.