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Local DAR chapter receives top distinction for Vietnam War display at D.C. event

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From Staff Reports

The award-winning Anne Bailey Chapter display. Courtesy photo
From left, Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, U.S. Army (Ret.), director of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration; Mary Johnson, chairman of Anne Bailey Chapter’s Vietnam War Commemoration Committee; Malinda Davis, state regent, West Virginia State Society, DAR; and Carole Levering, DAR National Chairman, Commemorative Events. Courtesy photo

The Anne Bailey Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, received first-place recognition last month at the national level for creating the best chapter display for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Mary Johnson, chairman of the chapter’s Vietnam War Commemoration Committee, accepted the certificate on behalf of the Anne Bailey Chapter during the Commemorative Events Awards presentation at the 126th Continental Congress of the DAR in Washington, D.C., on June 30.

The award-winning chapter display, “West Virginia and the Vietnam War,” was exhibited at the state Capitol during West Virginia History Day at the Legislature in 2016. The display was designed to educate the public about the state’s role in the war and about those who died and are included on the West Virginia Veterans Memorial on the Capitol grounds in Charleston. The display was one of Anne Bailey’s activities in support of the objectives of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense. It was launched by President Barack Obama in May 2012 and will run through Nov. 11, 2025. The primary objective of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is to thank and honor the nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

Four additional objectives are:

• to highlight the service of the Armed Forces and support organizations during the war

• to pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens

• to highlight technology, science, and medical advances made during the war

• to recognize contributions by allies of the United States.

More than 10,000 commemorative partners worldwide have committed to conduct two events or activities per year for a three-year period to assist the national effort. Of the more than 60 commemorative partners in West Virginia, two dozen are DAR chapters.

The Anne Bailey Chapter has been a commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration since 2014. Since then, the chapter has individually recognized and thanked several Vietnam War veterans at chapter meetings and participated in other events to help honor the more than 50,000 Vietnam War-era veterans living in West Virginia and recognize the sacrifice of not only living veterans but also those who are deceased and their families.

A Charleston resident, Johnson also serves as the Anne Bailey Chapter secretary. She said the chapter has 53 members currently.

“The chapter has 53 members at present. Half of the membership lives in Kanawha and Putnam counties. We have a few members who live out of state and others who live elsewhere in West Virginia, most in nearby counties such as in Cabell, Lincoln, and Boone,” Johnson said.

“It took several months to prepare the display, because of the research part,” she added. “A very important resource of information on those who died was the West Virginia Veteran Memorial database and archives at West Virginia Archives and History.”

The Anne Bailey Chapter is on summer hiatus, but it meets, usually, at 11:15 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the Ryan’s restaurant on Corridor G in South Charleston. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 2, with guest speaker DAR State Regent Mindy Davis.

For additional information about the chapter, contact Carolyn Holstein, regent of the Anne Bailey Chapter, at 304-727-3228.


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