DAR honors Vietnam vets

Photos by OJ Stapleton|NDL Approximately 100 Vietnam veterans and their significant others attended the DAR’s annual Flag Day luncheon on Wednesday at the Logan County Agriculture Extension building in Russellville.

Veterans stand at attention during the singing of the National Anthem on Wednesday.

DAR regent Bobbie Jean Burnett welcomes everyone to the annual Flag Day luncheon.

The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held their annual Flag Day ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday at the Agriculture Extension building in Russellville.

As has been their recent tradition with these events, the Daughters celebrated a group of local veterans – this year, honoring Logan Countians who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam Era.

There were 118 veterans expected to attend, and 100 showed up.

“Some could not attend, but we were very pleased with the turnout,” said chapter regent Bobbie Jean Burnett. “Everyone that said anything after the event – it was always a compliment. And that made it very special.”

There was also 20 members of the DAR present, along with various other special guests.

This was the third year that the DAR held such an event. Two years ago, they honored Logan County’s World War II veterans and last year, they honored Korean War vets.

“One of the reasons we wanted to honor Vietnam veterans this year was that they were so mistreated when they came back,” Burnett said. “We wanted this to be something special for them. We wanted to tell that that we cared about them and their service.”

In addition to honoring the veterans, the DAR also presented its annual Good Citizenship Awards to Sarah Edgar from Logan County High School and Sarah Brown from Russellville High School. Kasi Howard was given a JROTC medal from Logan County High School.

Planning has not yet begun on next year’s Flag Day luncheon, but Burnett said it will once again honor our local veterans.

“It’ll be something special for the veterans because patriotism is so important for us,” she said.

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