The Military Women Across the Nation (MWAN) will be the special guests of the April meeting of the Ocklawaha Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Priscilla Getchell of Umatilla will be awarded a Quilt of Valor and Benjamin Mack-Jackson will give a program on his WWII Veteran’s History Project.
Mrs. Getchell trained Navy pilots during World War II, using the military’s earliest flight instrument trainers. She joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. “It is a great honor for us to present her with a Quilt of Valor” said Regent Pam Beightol. “She is an inspiration and a true American hero. Obviously, men were on the forefront, but it’s important to be reminded of the presence of women in significant roles in our history.”
Benjamin Mack-Jackson will give a program on his non-profit organization, World War II History Project. Benjamin was moved to educate and inspire his generation and future generations to better understand the sacrifices of WWII veterans.
“We are so excited to have this remarkable young man as our guest speaker” said Retent Pam Beightol. “For someone his age he has gained tremendous recognition for his passion in documenting the words and experiences of those who served during WWII. He wants to make sure we never forget them. This generation has awe-inspiring stories that need to be told,” to tell. These are stories that need to be told.
Prospective members are welcome to attend on Saturday, April 14th at 10am. The meeting will be held at St. Edward’s Church Hall located at 460 N. Grandview Street in Mt. Dora. If interested in attending, please contact June Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.