Friday, August 6, 2010

Continental Congress 2010

L to R: DAR members Betsy Pessetto and Jackie Craft attending the Units Overseas Luncheon at the JW Marriott Hotel in D.C.

Brunswick Town Chapter members of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the 119th Continental Congress, with approximately 3,000 other Daughters from all over the world, were Regent Gwen Causey, Secretary Jackie Craft, Members Betsy Pessetto and Diane Kuebert.
Continental Congress took place in Washington, D.C. from July 5 through July 11, 2010 and was almost a blur of activities throughout the week. The pomp and patriotism exhibited at each of the ceremonies was truly inspirational and heartwarming. The afternoon teas, sponsored by various states and overseas organizations, gave Daughters an opportunity to make new friends and network regarding patriots from those areas. This Continental Congress was even more exciting to the Brunswick Chapter, because the newly elected President General of the Daughters—Merry Ann Wright--is a resident of North Carolina and an associate member of the Chapter.

Each evening’s program took place in the historic Continental Congress Hall. As attendees entered the Chambers, they were first regaled by various select bands and orchestras—the first night’s being The United States Marine “The President’s Own” Chamber Orchestra. Our National Defense Night Speaker was Lt. Gen. John Allen (substituting for Gen Petreus who had just previously been called up to Afghanistan). He spoke of the important role the United States military takes in the world today and also of the great service the Daughters give to the many Veterans and Veteran organizations. Other speeches reminded us of what our U.S. Troops do for us and how precious are our liberties.
The three tenets of the Daughters—God, Home, and Country—were everywhere apparent, with displays of the United States flag and those of the State flags, rousing renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner”, and enthusiastic applause for Veterans, recognized for their continued service to our Country.
Submitted by Betsy Pessetto

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