Three Blogs

May 26, 2015
Yesterday morning as Steve and I sat on the porch drinking coffee and watching the hummingbirds, we relished the peaceful tranquility and the cool breeze.  What a contrast to the morning of June 6, 1944 in which thousands of men stormed the beaches at Normandy, only to fall before reaching the shores.  My father was one of the lucky ones as he was flying above the beaches; he told me that the real heroes were the men on the ground.  Several years ago I had the privilege of awarding the DAR Medal of Honor to Major Dick Winters for his leadership of the Band of Brothers which landed in Normandy prior to the Allied Invasion.   I shared my father’s comment with Major Winters who quickly...Read More
May 22, 2015
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, I flew from Houston through Salt Lake City to my destination of Butte, Montana, where I was warmly greeted by Past Vice President General Ivy Huntsman and Honorary State Regent JoAnn Piazzola. After enjoying a salad topped with huckleberries for lunch, JoAnn provided a driving tour of Butte, Montana’s fifth largest city.  The town is a major copper mining center and was one of the largest and most notorious mining boomtowns in the American West. During its heyday, Butte became home to immigrants from the world over and it is still an ethnically diverse city. JoAnn pointed out the gallus frames which mark the remnants of mines and we visited a memorial where a...Read More
May 20, 2015
Early on Saturday, April 25, I flew from Salt Lake City to Denver for the 112th Colorado State Conference, Marcy Storlie Kimmanau, State Regent.  First Vice President General Ann Dillon, Vice President General Gale Crafton and my page, Heather Miller, greeted me at the Denver airport.  Colorado earned its Centennial State nickname as it was admitted to statehood during the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Colorado Society has sustained a net gain in membership for each of the last 14 years and now almost 3400 members in 42 chapters. Marcy’s theme is “Exploring DAR Golden Opportunities in history/historic preservation, education, patriotism, membership, recognition...Read More

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