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Hobkirk Hill DAR chapter commemorates Vietnam War 50th anniversary
Four Kershaw County veterans were presented quilts honoring their service by Susan Morris of Quilts of Valor during the November meeting of the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Two of the veterans are also Hobkirk Hill DAR chapter members. Shown from left are Hobkirk Hill chapter member Joann Upchurch, Hobkirk Hill chapter member Inis Gibbes, Hobkirk Chapter Regent Ponza Vaughn, Don McLeod, and Noel Morris. - photo by Richard Bell

The Hobkirk Hill Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution was recently recognized by the United States of America Department of Defense as a partner in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration. The chapter received a certificate, issued by the Department of Defense, signed by Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense, and J.L. Danford, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a proclamation signed by President Barack Obama.

The certificate reads: "This award is in recognition of your willingness to assist and support a grateful Nation, in thanking and honoring our Vietnam War Veterans, their families, and those who served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces."

The chapter was also presented with a Vietnam War Commemoration Flag.

Hobkirk Hill will strive to honor this flag and all that it represents, Chapter Regent Ponza Vaughn said.

Paddy Bell, Hobkirk Hill Veterans chairman, asked all chapter members and guests to stand if they or any family member served during the Vietnam War era. She thanked them, noting that these 50th Anniversary Commemorative Events and recognitions were for them and what a privilege it is for the Chapter to be recognized as a partner in honoring the veterans, the fallen and wounded, those unaccounted for, the former prisoners of war, their families, and all who served.

DAR member, Joy Scully read the poems, "In Flanders Field," and "I’m Still a Soldier."

Program Chair Inis Gibbes introduced Susan Morris, representative of the "Quilts of Valor" who presented four Veterans with quilts honoring their service: Don Mcleod, retired Colonel, U.S. Army; Noel Morris who served in the U.S. Navy; Joann Upchurch, 1st Lieutenant, Army Nurse Corps, (1961) who was assigned to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and is a member of Hobkirk Hill DAR; and Inis Gibbes, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, (1970) served as Base Education Officer at Dobbins Field, Atlanta and was the first female enrolled in the ROTC program at the University of South Carolina. Inis is also a Hobkirk Hill DAR member.