The General Edward H. Tarrant Chapter of the National Society US Daughters of 1812 hosted a bicentennial luncheon at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth Oct. 19.
Special touches were evident throughout, beginning with the table setting, which included a flag-covered printed program; framed scenes from the War of 1812; and red, white, and blue centerpieces. One flag stood in the center of each table. These flags were from the Fort McHenry gift shop in Baltimore and feature the 15 stars that were present on the United States flag during the war. There were also gift boxes at each place setting which contained a flag pin that also had 15 stars.
The luncheon had a full agenda that included greetings from the Texas state society president, awards and recognitions, and a keynote speaker.
State President Ora Jane Johnson presented greetings to the group. She was given a proclamation from the Tarrant County Commissioners Court to mark the occasion. Texas Governor Rick Perry also sent a proclamation.
The Spirit of 1812 Award was presented to this writer in recognition of the series of articles on the War of 1812 written in 2012 in honor of the bicentennial. The Spirit of 1812 Award is given to citizens who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in educating and documenting the history of the War of 1812.
Another special touch was the presence of Dolley Madison, aka chapter member Linda Simmons, who gave the luncheon added authenticity. Simmons has dressed as several other historical figures and speaks to other lineage societies and to schools to make history come alive.
History came alive once more when keynote speaker Rose-Mary Rumbley had the audience laughing at her “Special Stories of the War of 1812.” Rumbley told stories of how young widow Dolley Todd met older bachelor James Madison. The next article about this luncheon will include more about Rumbley’s war stories.
The luncheon concluded with door prizes and certificates of appreciation given to the planning committee, whose work was appreciated by all in attendance.
Membership in the National Society Daughters of 1812 is available to women age 18 and over who can offer satisfactory proof that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service to our country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The Tarrant Chapter was organized March 18, 1948. It was named in honor of Gen. Edward H. Tarrant, veteran of the War of 1812.
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