By Christine Ann Hughes
The Fort Osage Chapter Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution was honored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C., on June 27, with First Place Outstanding Commemoration for their program commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Lynda W. Closson, NSDAR National Vice Chair, and Diane Hom, NSDAR National Chair, both with the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Events Committee, presented the award to Regent Christine Ann Hughes.
This chapter's program on Nov. 9, 2013, honored William Douglas "Doug" Fristoe, first lieutenant, Army; Thomas Richard Place, 2nd class petty officer, Navy; James V. Saxon, corporal, U.S. Marines; Elizabeth Ann McKie, SP4, Signal Corps, Army; Gerald J. Liska, hospital corpsman 2nd class, Navy; James C. Otto, SP5, Army; and Clarence Milbert Stol Jr., private first class, Paratroopers, Army, World War II. Gordon Fristoe, a Vietnam War veteran and Doug Fristoe's brother, also attended.
The veterans received a certificate from the Fort Osage Chapter, along with an official commemorative pin from The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration program and a copy of a presidential proclamation. Doug Fristoe spoke at the meeting about his personal experiences in the Vietnam War. He used visuals such as maps, pictures, a black scarf, medals and certificates, including his Purple Heart, and a movie clip to aid in the presentation. His talk was excellent, informative, and very moving.
The program was videotaped by Dorset Videos and when Regent Hughes was presented the award she was told that the judge, a Vietnam veteran himself, loved the video.
Public Law 110-181 SEC.598, the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. One of the objectives of this program is to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans' organizations and other nongovernmental organizations. Commemorative Partners are encouraged to hold events and activities that will recognize Vietnam veterans and their families.
The NSDAR is a Commemorative Partner and NSDAR President General Lynn Forney Young, speaking at the Continental Congress National Defense Night on June 28, in Washington, D.C., strongly encouraged the more than 3,000 chapters of the NSDAR to become Commemorative Partners.
Our Vietnam War veterans have earned our respect and honor and we, as grateful recipients of their sacrifices for our liberties, have been given another opportunity to express our appreciation through the Commemorative Partners Program.
For more information on how to become a Commemorative Partner with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative Partners Program, visit www.vietnamwar50th.com/commemorative_partners/ .