DAR hears presentation on POW/MIA soldiers

Moriah Brady was the guest speaker at the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting. Courtesy photos

Moriah Brady was the guest speaker at the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting. Courtesy photos

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Genesee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held their first meeting on Saturday, July 11, since March of this year.

The monthly meeting was held at Creasy Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc, outdoors, utilizing social distancing as well as wearing masks when unable to social distance.

The speaker was Moria Brady, president elect of Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.). She spoke regarding her project, Forget Me Not, about POWS and MIA soldiers. She set up a physical reminder of those missing.

Brady said: “As we are gathered here today, it is easy for us to forget there are those who never came home, and those who were held as prisoners and felt they were not missed or mourned.

“We turn our attention to the missing man table. I would like to share with you the meaning of the items on this special table. The table is round — to show our everlasting concern for our missing men. The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.

An empty table setting to honor those listed as POW/MIA.

An empty table setting to honor those listed as POW/MIA.

“The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and the loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing.

“A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s morning’s toast. The chair is empty — they are missing.”

The Genesee chapter celebrated its’ 123rd anniversary in June. It currently has 111 members and ten associate members. The organization supports the basic principles of DAR, “Patriotism, Historic Preservation and Education.”

Any woman 18 years old or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. If you are interested in joining the Genesee chapter please contact Alice Peterie at apeterie@outlook.com.