Veterans Day is the day the nation sets aside to thank and reverently honor our veterans of all of our nation's wars. Michael Hillegas Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution participated in several Veterans Day ceremonies.
A brunch and Veterans Day celebration was held at Norris City in conjunction with May Masonic Lodge 718 and Norris City Community Museum.
Shelia Albright, a member of the museum and DAR event chairman, welcomed the veterans and guests. Ed Oliver, dressed as a sojourner of '76, presented the flag. DAR laid the Wreath of Remembrance.
Michael Hillegas Regent Sharon L. Tanner said the minutemen put down their plows, picked up their guns and fought the British to gain our independence as a new country. They became our first veterans.
Tracy Lakin shared memories of his military career and explained the meaning of every item on "The Missing Man Table." Veterans were awarded DAR certificates from Albright as well as from the Masonic Lodge.
Crossroads Church Pastor Chad Everett gave the benediction. In addition to Albright and Tanner, DAR Daughters Dolores Payne and Delores Vick assisted with the brunch.
Michael Hillegas DAR Chapter also participated in the Veterans Day ceremony at Southeastern Illinois College.
Albright and Kathy R. Morris laid the DAR Wreath of Remembrance, and Tanner explained that one of the missions of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is patriotism. Also attending was DAR Registrar Janice Hall.
Daughters June Vangampler and Myra Mauterer laid the DAR Wreath of Remembrance at the Eldorado Veterans Day Celebration.