DAR Chapter Honors Blinded Vets in Georgia

 

Moved to acknowledge the sacrifices of veterans who have lost their sight, the Hightower Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) recently raised sufficient funds to purchase and donate a tactile Braille American Flag plaque that was installed on the slanted top of a granite pedestal.

The chapter, located in Canton, Georgia, had the monument placed in Memorial Park of nearby Woodstock in Cherokee County on Veterans Day 2013. Woodstock is situated approximately 30 miles north of Atlanta.

Braille American flag monument, engraved with names of key supporting individuals and organizations, recognizes sacrifices of American veterans with vision loss.
Braille American flag monument, engraved with names of key supporting individuals and organizations, recognizes sacrifices of American veterans with vision loss.

“We did a tribute to three of our still living World War II veterans in December 2012 on Pearl Harbor Day,” said Chapter Regent Loriann White. “The idea for the recognition of blinded veterans came from that positive experience.”

White said that the purpose of the donation was three-fold: to promote awareness of the nation’s blind and visually impaired veterans as well as those who may live nearby; to motivate the general community to more fully appreciate the nation’s emblem of freedom and the sacrifices of veterans who have valiantly fought for those liberties; and to pay tribute to those who have defended the country and who may now feel the raised language of freedom on its face.

The monument is a topaz blue granite structure 36 inches high and 17 inches wide. Funding came, in part, from the efforts of the newly formed Cherokee Rose Society of the Children of the American Revolution consisting of the children and grandchildren of NSDAR members.

In a November 27 letter to the editor published in The Cherokee Ledger-News, White used figures she obtained from BVA to illustrate the prevalence of vision loss among older veterans as well as those medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.