On a gorgeous Oct. 2 afternoon, members of the Middletown Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted a luncheon of gratitude for veterans of all branches of the military and their families. The guests included veterans of the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and Iraq Wars.
There to honor them were members of the NJROTC of MAST in Sandy Hook, Coast Guard and representatives from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. Also joining the celebration was Captain Kent Smith, Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle. Don Redondo from The Redondo Foundation and Michael Dowens from Unbroken Warriors were also in attendance. This special afternoon was an early Veterans Day honor, and the event drew record attendance.
“We are truly overwhelmed by the participation. It is our collective honor to come together to thank these wonderful men and women for their service,” said Michele Donnelly, Regent of the Middletown Chapter, NSDAR.
Following the luncheon, Maureen Foster called the group to order to present the Women in History Award to Lillian Burry. Veteran author Muriel Smith accepted the award for Burry who was unable to attend the ceremony. Joining Smith on the stage was her daughter, Commander Tracie Smith-Yeoman, who offered additional commendations to the work that Burry has done in her five decades of public service, dedication to the military and to preserving history.
Next, DAR member Serena Schreiber – along with Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Apple, other members from USCG Sandy Hook and Captain Kent Smith – presented each of the 40 Vietnam era vets in attendance with the Vietnam War Commemorative pins.
The event concluded with an assortment of delicious desserts including a patriotic sheet cake with the American flag.
The Middletown DAR has been a busy chapter. They recently completed the installation of new grave markers for five Revolutionary War soldiers at Old Brick Reformed Church in Marlboro. They also joined the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the solemn burial service for the cremains of unclaimed veterans which took place on Sept. 28.
For more information on the Middletown DAR chapter, membership and volunteering opportunities, email email@example.com.