Caney Fork Regent Louise Buell introduced Wilson County Commissioner Jerry McFarland, who presented a two-part program. First, he spoke about the World War II Maneuvers that were held in 21 counties in Middle Tennessee. McFarland referenced the book by Woody McMillin, “In the Presence of Soldiers: The 2nd Army Maneuvers & Other World War II Activity in Tennessee.” Then, McFarland told of the origin of the idea to build the Wilson County Veteran’s Museum and the efforts that are bringing it to fruition. Of utmost importance to McFarland is to tell the stories of great local patriots and their sacrifices for freedom and liberty.
On behalf of Caney Fork Chapter, Louise Buell presented to McFarland a framed portrait of George Washington for the Wilson County Veteran’s Museum. As part of a Tennessee Society DAR project, DAR chapters across Tennessee are donating framed prints of George Washington to schools, libraries and other public buildings.
“TSDAR wants to promote patriotism and thank veterans for what they have done for the United States,” said Jane Dugger, TSDAR Washington print chairman. “George Washington has been called ]the greatest patriot,’ but when called upon, he has been joined by legions of Americans, and many Tennesseans, who have defended America.”
After the program, the members of the Caney Fork Chapter and their guests, the members of the Gen. Robert Hatton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, were treated to a Thanksgiving luncheon provided by Grace Harbison, a member of the Caney Fork DAR Chapter.