PRINCETON — The Red Covered Bridge Barbershoppers performed four verses of the national anthem and continued with “God Bless the USA” at the June 14 meeting of the Princeton-Illinois Chapter NSDAR, in honor of Flag Day.
Flag Chairman Juanita Tarrence continued the patriotic theme at the BCR meeting room, festooned in red, white, and blue. Tarrence also distributed flag materials to the members.
Vietnam War Commemoration Chairman Beverly Larson reported the Princeton Boy Scouts carried the commemoration banner in the Memorial Day Parade. The banner was then displayed in front of the speaker’s stage at Soldiers and Sailors Park during ceremonies there. Larson and her husband, Clark, appeared recently at the Cub Scout Day Camp to display the banner and explain the Vietnam Commemoration Project. The Princeton Chapter is seeking names of service members who served during the Vietnam Era. This includes Reserves and National Guard troops.
Recent student awards were announced. The recipient of the DAR Certificate of Award for Outstanding Work in American History was granted to Princeton High School junior Joshua Wray. Winner of the DAR Youth Citizenship Award at Logan Junior High School was eighth-grader Rachael Hovde. At St. Louis Catholic School the winner was Margaret Hoeffliger, eighth grade, and at the Princeton Christian Academy the winner was eighth-grader Daniel Henrikson. Certificates of award and medals were distributed to the students at their schools.
Five chapter members attended the June 5 meeting of District II at Rochelle. The State Regent, Pamela Bork, reported her regent’s project of lighting the U.S. flag 24/7, using solar-powered lights atop the peak at Starved Rock, is nearing completion. Dedication will be Sept. 18.
At the Rochelle meeting, state chairmen shared information in their fields, including State Constitution Week Chairman and Princeton Regent Sharon Bittner who encouraged members to commemorate Constitution Week Sept. 17-23 via various activities. Often chapters ring bells, have proclamations signed, involve schools in reading the Constitution, create displays and encourage many other activities. In recent years the Princeton chapter has joined with the Princeton Library in a large display of Constitution materials.
Program presenter was member Barbara Peterson who showed slides and spoke of her experiences in 2012 while serving as an escort for two World War II veterans on an Honor Flight from the Quad-Cities. The Honor Flight flies World War II and Korean War veterans free to Washington, D.C., where they visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial and many other patriotic locations.
Members collected money for the Princeton Jaycees’ Fourth of July fireworks and made plans for decorating a window and for entering a parade vehicle for Homestead Festival.
The next meeting of the Princeton-Illinois Chapter NSDAR will be at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Elks Club.