Daughters of the American Revolution host Veterans Day Luncheon

MARCELLUS — On Nov. 12, the Captain Samuel Felt Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution hosted their annual Veterans Day Luncheon at the Wakelee United Methodist Church.

This year’s guest of honor was the newly installed DAR Michigan State Regent, Gina LaCroix from Holly. During the opening ritual, the 21 guests from several surrounding chapters sang the National Anthem led by Becky Shank of Three Rivers on the piano. The Captain Samuel Felt Chapter members also furnished a delicious home style luncheon for all to enjoy.

Chapter Regent Elizabeth Hertel then introduced LaCroix, who shared her passion for the work done by the Daughters of the American Revolution, both around the world and in each chapter.

In keeping with Veterans Day, LaCroix shared that Michigan will soon have a Fisher House. Fisher House is in partnership with Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that builds homes where military families can stay free of charge while their loved ones receive medical treatment nearby.

The first Fisher House opened in 1991. A home contains up to 21 private bedroom and bathroom suites with the shared areas of kitchen, laundry, dining and living rooms. Through the Hero Miles Program service members and their families also receive round-trip air fare to the military or VA medical centers. These trips are provided through individual donations of frequent flyer airline miles.

LaCroix also spoke of the six DAR Schools within the U.S. These schools operate through chapter and member donations and continue to ensure that children with special needs or special circumstances (economic, location, culture, etc) have an opportunity for an education.

In closing, LaCroix encouraged all members to continue to work together in their commitment to service and preservation. She thanked the Captain Samuel Felt Chapter for providing the opportunity for this joint meeting.

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