South Burlington resident and Regent, Karen Mayer of the Green Mountain Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), recently hosted 23 service members and veterans from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines, including 10 veterans of the Vietnam War. Also in attendance were chapter members and South Burlington residents Betty Ann Andrews, Judy Boyd, and Dot Fisk. Certificates of appreciation were distributed to each guest and a lapel pin issued by the Department of Defense was presented to those who had served in Vietnam. Nationally the DAR is making an effort to honor the men and women who served in Vietnam on the fortieth anniversary of the end of US military involvement in the War.
Harold Bergeron of Essex Junction was one of the day’s honorees. At 101 years of age, Bergeron is Vermont’s oldest living veteran. He was a corporal in the Army while being transported to the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Eve 1944 on the ship Leopoldville. During this mission, a German U-boat torpedoed his ship. Over 700 men were lost. Bergeron has received the Bronze Star, a certificate of merit, and the French Foreign Legion Medal of Honor.
Jane McCauley, age 95, was also honored for her service in the U. S. Navy during WW II. She worked with Senator Jim Jeffords, also a military veteran, to have a portion of I 91 named the “Women Veterans Memorial Highway.”
The keynote speaker was Marie Milord, a military veteran who has been the supervisor of the South Burlington Veterans Center since 2012. One of 300 such centers nationwide. it offers free services to veterans and their families. The South Burlington center is open Monday through Saturday and has recently relocated to 19 Gregory Drive, Suite 201.
DAR provides volunteer services for our nation’s veterans while they are cared for at VA health care facilities and chapter members were thanked for donating items each year for use by the veterans at the White River Junction Veteran’s Hospital. The Vermont DAR is a service organization open to any woman descended from an individual who aided the American cause for freedom during the American Revolution. Vermont Daughters support the DAR mission by promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing the future through educational opportunity for children. For more information, contact Karen Mayer at email@example.com.