The Andrew McBride
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the
observance of the 71st Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl
Harbor on December 7th at the Veterans Wall at Heritage Park.
The ceremony began with the Posting of the Colors by the Junior
ROTC Color Guard from Ola High School.
L to r: Jim Joyce, Command
Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Retired escorts WWII Veteran, E.
Jack Turner. Special photo
The welcome and
invocation were given by Helen Busbin, Regent of the DAR
chapter. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Amy Penn. The
National Anthem was beautifully rendered by chapter soloist,
Susan Hazel. Then the poem, “Pearl Harbor” was read by Anne
At the precise time of
the attack on Pearl Harbor, 12:55 a.m., (7:55 a.m. Hawaiian
time), the service stopped for a special tribute and a moment of
silence. Susan Hazel tolled the bell eight times, representing
10 years each for the first 7 rings and 1 for the last year.
Then the service resumed
with Christine Hurst giving an enlightening speech on the events
of Pearl Harbor. Gail East of the William McIntosh Chapter DAR
presented an emotional story, “A Sailor Comes Home.”
Becky Rostron of the
Colonel John McIntosh DAR Chapter and State Chair of
Commemora-tive Events read the Pearl Harbor Proclamation
entitled “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.” The proclamation was
signed and received from Governor Nathan Deal in November. The
framed proclamation was to be presented to the Military Museum
at Heritage Park to be placed in the WWII exhibit immediately
following the ceremony.
The keynote speaker,
Judge James Chafin, III was introduced by Pat Rosser. The prayer
and closing remarks were brought by Helen Busbin and Susan Hazel
sang “God Bless America”. Mr. Jack Turner, WWII Veteran, laid
the wreath on behalf of the Andrew McBride Chapter and was
escorted by Jim Joyce, Command Sergeant Major, US Army Retired
The 21 gun rifle salute was presented by
the Marine Corp League Detachments 1339/1196 and “Taps” was
rendered by Jim Houston of Bugles Across America. The Color
Guard, Detachment 1339 Marine Corps League “Henry County
Leathernecks” retired the Colors, ending the Service.