It seemed appropriate for the November meeting of the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter to meet in the GAR Room to honor Veterans’ Day. The Room holds evidence of not only the Civil War veterans and their memorabilia but also of the Spanish-American War Veterans who met there also for over four decades. A picture of President Woodrow Wilson on the south wall along with a photograph of Pvt. Cooch brings to mind World War I and Armistice Day (now called Veterans Day). Chapter Regent Sheryll Herschberger reminded the members that the Bells of Peace will be rung at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
The chapter sent two “thank you for your service’ cards to chapter member Sarah Shirley who is the Chaplain for the Florida Air National Guard and to chapter member Retired Brig. General Wilma Vaught who, not only was the first female general in USAF, but she spearheaded and guided the building of the Women of the American Military Memorial at the entrance to Arlington Cemetery. This memorial is dedicated to all women who have served from the American Revolution to the current military women to honor their commitment, their sacrifices, their dedication and their contributions to America.