Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Great War WWI Centennial Commemorative Event was changed to April 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

America declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917. The National Society has asked chapters to recognize this important date and inform the community of its importance. 

Brunswick Town Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range Commemorated the the Centennial Date The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, and the commemoration was detained due to inclement weather by two days.

The two organizations planned a special gathering to remember this date in history. The chapter wreath was presented at the wall of the WWI Rifle Range; the special reading and a Time of Remembrance where members named their ancestor that served in WWI. Chapter member Norma Eckard, who is also President of the Friends of Fort Caswell gave the history and significance of the Fort Caswell Beach WWI Rifle Range Target Pit, and concluded with a tour. 

Norma Eckard, DAR member and President of the Rifle Range Target Pit, introduced Carl Mauney, a renactor dressed in authentic uniform worn in World War I. He explained every aspect of the uniform and what items were carried during that period of time during the war.

Cindy Sellers, Registrar, offered a "Special Reading" from a bible owned by her great grandparents.

Diane Kuebert, Brunswick Town Regent, provided information about World War I and the NSDAR.

This was a "Time of Remembrance" program from attendees and DAR members to "Name Ancestors that Served during WWI.

After the program people took the time to visit the Rifle Range Target Pit and the Storage Room.

L to R: Reenactor, Carol Mauney; Rifle Range Target Pit President, Norma Eckard; Brunswick Town DAR Regent, Diane Kuebert, behind her,  The Project Engineer for the WWI Rifle Range Target Pit, Paul Shivers;
 Lisa Pomereanze,  DAR District VII Director,  Registrar, Cindy Sellers,  Lineage and Membership chair,  Annetta Clark,

Paul Shivers, Project Engineer for the WWI Rifle Range Target Pit and Storage Room gives historical background to those attending the ceremony on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Paul gives the ok for many of the structural things done there due to his engineering background.  Everyone appreciation his donation of time and effort to make this project so successful. He is also President of Friends of Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson. 

L to R: Norma Eckard, Diane Fotinatos, Mary Sands, Jeanne Nelson, Lucia Lister, Donna Agopsowicz, Connie Hendrix, Maxine McCullar, Peggy Harris, Regent Diane Kuebert, District VII Director Lisa Pomeranz, Pat Gooding, Cindy Sellers, Martha Koletar, Annetta Clark, Joan Hall, and Phyllis Wilson

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