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Joseph Kershaw Chapter DAR recognize Veterans Day

Posted: December 13, 2013 5:25 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Joseph Kershaw Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met earlier this season at the Old Armory Steakhouse in Camden to commemorate Veterans Day.

The speaker for the program was William E. Heil, past commander and current adjutant of American Post No. 17 in Lugoff. Heil presented a two-part program. The first was in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. He discussed his experiences in the United States Army during those times.

The second part of Heil’s program was an overview of the Buffalo Soldiers, or the units of African American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army in the American West after the Civil War. The men had been Union soldiers and southern slaves.

Those present at Heil’s presentation were surprised to learn that the Buffalo Soldiers also served with Roosevelt in Cuba at San Juan Hill and during World War II -- dropped behind enemy lines in hot air balloons.

In honor of Heil and to thank him for the presentation to the Chapter, a wreath was donated to Wreaths Across America. It was placed at the grave of a veteran in the National Cemetery at Fort Jackson.

During the meeting, the Chapter was also pleased to welcome its newest member, Debra Witt. Witt was accepted for membership on the record of her 6th great-grandfather, Tobias Lassiter of North Carolina.

The new member ritual was conducted by Chaplain Susan Baskin. Regent Mary Dee Knowlton presented Witt with her membership certificate.

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