The Noah Coleman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held a ceremony Nov. 14 to honor the veterans of the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, with a special commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The Noah Coleman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held a ceremony Nov. 14 to honor the veterans of the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, with a special commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Over 100 residents and guests attended the event. Chapter Regent Patricia Hale, Vice Regent Charlene Turner and the members of the Noah Coleman Chapter DAR of Rolla presented the event, with the assistance of the Hannah Cole Chapter DAR of Boonville and the Eldon Chapter of Eldon.
Special guests attending included Morgan Meyr Lake, state regent of the Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Lemira Stubbs Parks, honorary state regent, past vice president general and vice chair of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War program; and Norma Johnson, East Central District director.
State Rep. Steven Lynch, who also serves on the Missouri Veterans Commission, also attended.
All four guests brought special greetings to the veterans in attendance and expressed their appreciation for their service to our country.
The guest speaker was Maj. Clarence William Lee Catts, retired from the U.S. Air Force. During the Vietnam War, Catts served in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to COM7THFLT Detachment C at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam as a C-1A enlisted air crewman from September 1969 to August 1970. Catts shared his true life and honorable service experiences as a Vietnam veteran.
Highlights of the ceremony included the cadets of the Waynesville High School U.S. Army JROTC Color Guard and the Missouri University of Science and Technology U.S. Air Force ROTC “Blue Sabres” Honor Guard who performed as color guard and took part in the Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony.
The somber ceremony performed by the cadets represented Americans serving during the Vietnam War who are still missing from each of the five services -- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard – and civilians.
Toward the end of the ceremony, the Noah Coleman Chapter DAR had the privilege of honoring 51 residents of the home and six guests who are veterans of the Vietnam War. They also honored 48 residents and guests in attendance who are veterans of other conflicts.
Each veteran residing at the home was presented with certificate of recognition of their valor, service and sacrifice.
All Vietnam veterans residing at the home and guests in attendance were presented with a Vietnam veteran lapel pin through the Vietnam Commemorative Partner Program. This pin serves as a lasting memento.
Special recognition also was given to family members of veterans and the staff of the Missouri Veterans Home for the special care they provide our veterans.
On behalf of the Noah Coleman Chapter DAR, Hale then presented a monetary gift to the Missouri Veterans Home Assistance League Fund to be used for the individual needs of the veterans who reside there. Accepting the gift on behalf of the Missouri Veterans Home Assistance League was Cathy Hanes, administrator, and Julia Burton, supervisor of activities.
Afterwards refreshments were provided to the residents and guests while listening to the musical ensemble of the “Bushwhackers.”
The Daughters of the American Revolution as a national, state and local organization have become members of the Vietnam Commemorative Partner Program, which was designed to assist organizations like the Noah Coleman Chapter DAR in recognizing Vietnam veterans and their families' service, valor and sacrifice.
To learn more DAR, visit www.DAR.org. Those interested in joining the a DAR chapter may contact Linda Mondy at 573-435-6293 or lmondy@hughes.net.