Rock Wall Chapter of DAR initiates new members, welcomes guest speaker

From left: New members Sherri Nerren, Nancy Peirce, Beverly Williams and Becky Henderson. Other new members were not present for the photo.

ROCKWALL, TX (April 7, 2014) The Rock Wall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held a new member initiation ceremony on Saturday, April 5, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Heath.

Eight new members were inducted: Becky Henderson, Sherri Nerren, Nancy Peirce, Beverly Williams, Rhea Aryani, Haille O’Connor, Nikki Van Wey, and Cheryl Fiske.

John Greer, Sons of the American Revolution
John Greer, Sons of the American Revolution

Additionally, guest speaker, John L. Greer, Vice President Fletcher Warren Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), spoke aboutAmerica’s National Anthem. John Greer has served for 19 years in SAR. He is past president of the Plano Chapter, past District 11 Vice president, and member of the East Fork Trinity, and Ambassador Fletcher Warren Chapters. Greer helped to establish the SAR Speakers Bureau and has served on multiple committees for veterans as well as Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Texas.

Greer’s presentation discussed the making of theUnited Statesflag in 1813 by Mary Pickersgill and later the flag’s display atFortMcHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually, became theUnited Statesnational anthem. Pickersgill designed and sewed the 30 x 42–foot garrison flag.

On September 14, 1814, U.S.soldiers at Baltimore’s FortMcHenryraised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song, The Star-Spangled Banner. Key’s words gave new significance to a national symbol and started a tradition through which generations of Americans have invested the flag with their own meanings and memories. The flag is now housed in The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890, is a service organization dedicated to service to the nation. For additional information regarding DAR, please call Regent Peggy Atterberry, 972-771-5067.

Story and photos submitted by Joy Greenwalt.

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