Thursday, November 17, 2011

Commemorative Events in History

Norma Eckard, the DAR Commemorative Chair presented several events to be aware of during the November 9th DAR meeting.  First, October 28, 2011, the Statue of Liberty celebrated its 125th anniversary.  A gift of friendship from the people of France in 1886, the statue is a symbol of freedom, democracy and recognition of our friendship and support during the Revolutionary War.  A naturalization ceremony swore in 125 immigrants from 46 countries.  Miss Liberty holds a tablet in her left hand that reads "July 4, 1776" (in Roman numerals) and the seven rays on her crown symbolizes the seven seas and seven continents.  She will be closed for a year to be renovated.

The second event honored Veterans Day which this year is celebrated on 11/11/11.  Veterans of all the armed forces are honored at this time.  Red, white and blue pins were presented to all DAR members.

The last event honored was Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941, "a day which will live in infamy", "a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech to Congress on December 8th, 1941 when he asked Congress to pass a declaration of war on Japan. The 70th anniversary is recognized this year.  DAR members were asked to complete an index card stating what they remember, where they were or what family comments were passed down at that time and bring the card to the December meeting. 

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