Charles Jameson, Melinda Colassard (DAR), Dale Corey, Patricia Wilczek (Regent, Montpelier Chapter DAR) and Pat Kelly (Photo courtesy of Mel Cola)
On 13 November 2021, the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution State Color Guard provided a presentation of colors for a Daughters of the American Revolution National Defense Day. The event was sponsored by the Culpeper Minutemen, Fauquier Court House, Montpelier and Susannah Chandler Chapters of the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution. It was conducted at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Virginia and emceed by Kathryn Campbell, Regent, Fauquier Court House. An invocation was provided by Marilyn Ottevaere, Chaplain, Fauquier Court House. With the presentation of the colors by the SAR, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Patricia Wilczek, Regent, Montpelier, The DAR American Creed by Carol Simpson, Regeant, Culpeper Minute Men, Preamble to the Constitution by Marty Hartmann, First Vice Regent, Susannah Chandler and the National Anthem led by Kathryn Campbell. Recognition of Service Members, Veterans, Gold and Blue Star Families was presented by Cat Schwetke, Honorary Regent, Fauquier Court House. The keynote speaker was Nancy Braswell, Colonel, USAF (Ret) on "Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II and their impact on the war effort. Participating for the Virginia Society were Dale Corey, Colonel James Wood II Chapter (dual member Culpeper Minutemen); Charles Jameson, President Culpeper Minutemen Chapter (dual member Colonel James Wood II)/ Pat Kelly, Past President Virginia Society and Trustee, French Society, Thomas Jefferson Chapter (dual member Colonel James Wood II & Culpeper Minutemen) and Bill Schwetke, Trustee Virginia Society, Past President Virginia Society, Culpeper Minutemen (dual member Colonel James Wood II & Thomas Jefferson).
Dale Corey, Media Affairs
Colonel James Wood II Chapter
Virginia Society State Color Guard l. to r. Bill Schwetke, Dale Corey, Charles Jameson and Pat Kelly (Photo courtesy of Barbara Eickhoff)