WESTFIELD - The May meeting of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held the McClurg Museum with eight members and two guests present.
After the opening ritual conducted by Regent Antoinette Sherman and Chaplain Ann Wood, Lisa Sedlmayer gave a report on an article from "The National Defense" concerning DAR efforts to ensure homeless veterans receive a proper burial. In 2012 there were 62,619 homeless veterans from the Vietnam era.
Nominations were held for officers for the coming year. Election and installation of new officers will be conducted at the next meeting which will be held Tuesday, June 6 at the McClurg Mansion in Westfield.
The chapter is concerned about the condition of some of the headstones of patriots buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Fredonia. Walt Sedlmayer gave a report of the survey he conducted of the cemetery and the state of some of the stones. There are 23 Revolutionary War soldiers buried there.
A donation from the chapter has been made to the McClurg Museum which is collecting funds to restore the historic 1820 fountain to be placed in the Moore Park at the front of the museum.
Tote bags for veterans in the VA Hospital in Buffalo to use upon discharge will continue to be collected. Anyone who may have extra bags may leave them off at the Pro Hardware in Westfield or contact Sedlmayer at 679-7936.
The mission of the DAR is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution may join. For information on establishing eligibility may contact Registrar Dawn Ubaney at 679-1218.