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DAR National Defense luncheon held

By Staff | May 6, 2016

Over 50 members and guests attended a National Defense luncheon hosted by the Pack Horse Ford and Bee Line chapters, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), held at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg on Saturday, April 9.

Maryland resident Barbara Meadows gave a presentation on the many hats she has worn throughout her career. She currently works as Program Manager for Operations, Veterans Health Administration Office, in Washington, D.C.

Meadows spent the majority of her career as a first responder. She was a firefighter/paramedic for the Baltimore City Fire Department, a trooper/flight paramedic for the Maryland State Police and a Medical Service Corps officer in the Maryland Army National Guard. She worked during many state and national disaster events, including the 9/11/2001 attack on the Pentagon, Hurricane Katrina, anthrax attacks on the Brentwood Postal Facility, and multiple natural and man-made hazard events in Maryland. Meadows’ collection of hats grew higher and wider as she talked about each position that she held.

The DAR Daughters Team will participate in the Jefferson County Relay for Life event on the afternoon of June 25, 2016, at Jefferson High School. Chapter members donated handmade and purchased items to help raise funds for Relay for Life, a fundraising event to help fight cancer.

In recognition of Memorial Day, the Pack Horse Ford Chapter will hold a dedication of a DAR marker in honor of those men from the Shepherdstown vicinity who fought and died for our country during the American Revolution.

The public is cordially invited to the ceremony on Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m., at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building, located next to the Shepherdstown Library.

The DAR is a thriving women’s service organization that focuses on work in local communities to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The Society is in the midst of celebrating its 125th anniversary. Efforts are underway to reflect the strong heritage of the DAR while also focusing on its future.

Those who would like to learn more about the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, contact Regent Cheryl Brown at 304-876-3817. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.