ZAMORA discusses veterans benefits TO DAR MEMBERS

Regent Billie Franklin presented a gift bag to Lalo Zamora after he presented the program at the DAR meeting.

Uvalde County Veterans Service Officer Everardo (Lalo) Zamora discussed the many benefits available to veterans and their families during a presentation at the regular DAR meeting on November 21.

He also stated that the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #479 along with the American Legion Post #479 have announced plans to construct a memorial for all Uvalde County veterans. A memorial wall is also planned on the grounds of the El Progreso Memorial Library.

Guest Cathy Sadler spoke to the group about the problems her family had encountered in recovering the remains of her uncle who was lost in Korea, first listed as missing in action and later presumed dead.  Family members had trouble getting the facts about his service, and the older ones did not live to attend a memorial service when the remains were finally sent to the family.

Regent Billie Franklin called the November meeting of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter, to order at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 21 at the El Progreso Library in Uvalde with seven members and five guests present. She welcomed members and guests and led the DAR Ritual.

The President General’s message from Denise Doring Van Buren was read by Lesley Jones, asking all members to honor patriot ancestors and to also reflect on the deeper meaning of special dates, such as elections days, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas/Hanukkah. She continues with her mantra, “Be ready to Rise and Shine for America.”

The National Defense Report was read by Sherry Malloy, reminding everyone to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps this month, specifically on November 10. The Continental Congress established the Continental Marines to augment the naval forces in the Revolutionary War on November 10, 1775. The National Guard, however, with a birthday on December 13, is the oldest military organization in the Unites States, harking back to the militias of the early colonial period, having been established on December 13, 1636.

Routine reports were read by Secretary Karen Collins and Treasurer Jakelynn Crawford. The next DAR meeting will be on Saturday, December 12, at the home of Toni Hull. It will be a Christmas luncheon with music afterward, and each person attending should bring a dish.

The door prize went to Kathryn Wendlandt. The meeting was adjourned with a prayer at 12:05.

Present at the meeting were members Nancy Baker, Karen Collins, Jakelynn Crawford, Billie Franklin, Lesley Jones, Betty Lawrence, and Sherry Malloy. Guests present were Vickie Lee, Cathy Sadler, Kathryn and Chuck Wendlandt, and Lalo Zamora.