HENRY — Members of the Chief Senachwine Chapter NSDAR were enlightened by the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from America’s World War I entry into the war to the development and completion of a Tomb, honoring the thousands of World War I unknown American dead. Smaller crypts honor unknowns from World War II and the Korean War. DNA development has now allowed identification of Vietnam War dead and subsequent losses.
The dedication of the Tomb on Nov. 11, 1921, became a national day of mourning. Many thousands earlier visited the casket as it lay in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, the first non-presidential citizen to be so honored. Huge numbers lined the funeral route from downtown Washington, D.C., to the final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. Foreign and national dignitaries participated and awarded their highest honors in gratitude for the U.S. entry into the war on the side of the Allies and turning the tide against Austro-Hungary, Germany and other “central powers.”
Presenter of the PowerPoint program was Laurie Perry, Illinois State National Defense chairman and regent of the Rochelle Chapter. DAR members will celebrate the Tomb’s 100th anniversary on Nov. 11, 2021.
Following the program at the chapter’s Oct. 1 meeting, held at the Henry Public Library, members learned of Oct. 26 as the National Day of the Deployed (military) and wearing red on Fridays, red standing for R.E.D., meaning Remember Everyone Deployed.
Other committee reports followed. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a quiz was offered to check members’ knowledge. Members did well. The belief behind the American Indian dreamcatcher was explained. A Constitution “minute” report and a Literacy Promotion “minute” were given as well as reports from the following chairmen: Commemorative Events, Community Service, DAR magazine and U.S. Flag.
October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Members brought toiletries for donation to residents at Freedom House in Princeton. The action also serves as the chapter’s National Day of Service on Oct. 11, the date of the founding of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 1890.
The chapter awarded recognition certificates for 10 years or more of membership to Lura Hamilton, Sheila Schrowang, Nancy Gillfillan, Janice Talsky and Jill Bittner.
Following the meeting, members had blood pressure readings taken by a medically-certified member.
The next meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Henry Public Library. The program presenter will be Nancy Gillfillan. For National Literacy Month, her program will be “Can You Read This?”