Vice regent Laura Boyd introduced guest speaker and Chickamauga Chapter Historian Marilyn Dammann, whose topic was “Flag Protocol.” According to the U.S. Flag Code, when the national anthem is played, all present should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute, holding that position until the last note of the anthem.
When saying The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, all present should stand at attention, facing the flag, with the right hand over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.
At all meetings where it is displayed, the flag should be placed to the right of the presiding officer from that person’s perspective. No disrespect should ever be shown to the United States Flag, and it should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. Once a flag has become worn, it should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.
National Defense Chair Jeannine Scott reported on Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. Kyle J. White, who received the medal for his courageous actions during combat operations in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Though wounded himself and under heavy fire, White continued to show “heroism and selflessness.” He risked his own life repeatedly in order to protect and help his fellow wounded soldiers.
Jane Lucchesi reported that the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council is very optimistic that site preparation issues, as well as other issues, will be resolved. A timeline for construction of the Cleveland/Bradley County State Veterans Home has not been announced.
American Indian Chairman Joy Harden reported on the Cherokee tribe’s efforts to restore the white-tailed deer population on its tribal lands in western North Carolina. Though deer are plentiful in other parts of that state, the population of deer living on the tribal lands was depleted in the late 18th century by fur traders.
The white-tail deer has historically been an important part of the Cherokee culture, but the tribe’s 5,130 acres now contains full, mature forests with little undergrowth for deer to eat. The Cherokee tribe, along with state and federal agencies, will implement prescribed burns and tree thinning in order to create a more hospitable environment for a new population of deer to be released there later this year.
Nancy Guinn shared information about Mackinac Island, Mich., located in Lake Huron. A popular tourist destination, the Island covers 3.8 square miles and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Fort Mackinac is located on this island that the British recaptured from the Americans during one of the first actions of the War of 1812. Two years later, in the historic Battle of Mackinac Island, the Americans recaptured this area from British control and reclaimed this beautiful island as a part of America.
Conservation Chair Ann Cherry stressed the importance of managing our resources wisely. She encouraged those present to buy from local markets, quoting a business source that stated, “Each dollar spent in a locally owned business, circulates seven times within that community.”
DAR Schools Chairman Mildred Maupin reported that $123 was donated by Chapter members for the Tamassee School in South Carolina.
During the business session of the meeting, Gussie Ridgeway read the minutes of the previous meeting. Linda Foster gave the treasurer’s report and announced that she is now accepting membership dues of $63 for the coming year. Registrar Helen Riden introduced prospective members, Maggie Burns and Jane Rumbaugh.
After door prizes were given, Dietrich thanked hostesses Leigh Ann Boyd, Linda Boyd, Maggie Evans, and Nancy Guinn and adjourned the meeting.