Waterford Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Devotes “Never Forget Garden” to Honor Veterans – The Oakland Press


The Waterford-based Lydia Potter Barnes chapter of the National Society of the Girls of the American Revolution dedicated their “Never Forget Garden” on October 10 at the Oakland History Center in Pontiac. Members of the Lydia Potter Barnes chapter, Ezra Parker and Piety Hill, military service veterans and other guests attended the event.

Regent Barbara Hofmann gave a dedication speech and asked Ezra Parker, Regent Heather Curtis, to read the quote on the Tomb Guard plaque. Oakland History Center Executive Director Mike McGuinness welcomed guests and provided historical context for the photographic banners placed in the background of Never Forget Garden. Revolutionary War reenactor Gordon Duda demonstrated a blessing usually given to the graves of fallen revolutionary soldiers and Bugle Joe Robinson closed the dedication by playing “Taps”.

Through an initiative launched in 2018, the Society for the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier led a nationwide campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. They called on Americans to plant gardens to show their commitment to recognize, remember and honor our veterans.

The poignant focal point of the Never Forget Garden is the Tomb Guard plaque, which is surrounded by 15 commemorative stones in honor of those who fought in the 15 wars and conflicts dating back to the American Revolution.

Regent Hofmann and associate member Pam Miller planned and planted the garden and other chapter members contributed plants, many of which have symbolic representation.

The Lydia Barnes Potter Chapter meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information on how to become a member, contact Regent Barbara Hofmann at [email protected]

Rochester American Legion Homer Wing Post 172

The American Legion Homer Wing Post 172 was named after Homer Wing who served with the United States Expeditionary Force of Northern Russia during World War I. The force consisted of 5,000 troops under the command of the British, including troops from the United States, Canada, France and Great Britain.

Wing served in the 310th Engineers of the US Army, attached to the 339 Infantry Regiment. The regiment landed at the Russian port of Archangel near the Arctic Circle in September 1918. Three-quarters of the regiment was from the Detroit area and began to call themselves “Detroit’s Own”. But changed to “Polar bears”, due to extremely cold temperatures. They aided the “White Russians” loyal to Russian Tsar Nicholas in their futile civil war against the “Red Russians” or Communist forces, and then, in May 1919, they were finally called home. While retreating from the area, Homer Wing, 25, was accidentally killed. His body was transported to his home in Rochester in November 1919 and is buried in the city’s Mt. Avon cemetery.

During the afternoon of November 17, 1919, businesses and schools in the townships of Rochester and Avon closed to commemorate his return with a parade in which 30 members of the local American Legion post marched in his honor. The local post became the Homer Wing Post in September 1920.

Cmdr. Sheryl May has been the Commander of the Homer Wing Post since 2013. May served from 1979 to 2009 in the Air Force Reserve stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township and was deployed during six months in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Cmdr. May serves because: “I am a member and Commander of the American Legion Homer Wing Post 172 due to my father’s military service in World War II and his dedication to the American Legion, James J. Mulligan II. He’s really my hero!

The list of officers includes 1st Vice-Cmdr. Jim Keller, Warrant Officer Michael Carney, Financial Officer Sheryl May, Service Officer Jim Keller and Chaplain David Buck. The Post has 109 members and wishes to increase the number of its members. Extension 172 is located at 234 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. For more information, call 248-651-2247.

Events to come

• West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation, Township of West Bloomfield and Orchard Mall will host the Veteran Heroes Appreciation Breakfast 9-10: 30 a.m. on Friday, November 5 at Orchard Lake Mall, 4655 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Twp. The event aims to honor, recognize and thank veterans and includes performances, a guest speaker, an honor guard presentation and a veteran gift. Jason Colthorp of WDIV as master of ceremonies. The event is open to everyone. Veterans and one guest attend free of charge. Additional guests or non-veterans can attend for $ 15. Registration required at wbparks.org/heroes.html or call 248-451-1900.

• Clarkston American Legion Extension 377 will host bingo at 5 pm on Tuesday October 26, karaoke at 8 pm on Saturday October 30 at 4819 Mary Sue Ave., Clarkston. For more information, call 248-673-9301.

• Berkley American Legion Post 374 will host “Name That Tune” at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 28, and Steak Fry fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with karaoke from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, October 29, at 2079 W. Twelve Mile Road, Berkley. Donation of $ 15 for fried steaks. For more information, call 248-542-7668.

• Oxford American Legion Post 108 will host Euchre at 12:30 pm Thursday October 28 and Fish Dinners from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday October 29 at 130 E. Drahner Road, Oxford. For more information, call 248-628-9081.

The Oakland Press is interested in all of Oakland County Veteran’s events. Please send the information in the body of an email with the subject line “Veterans” to Sharon Longman at [email protected] Allow two weeks’ notice for scheduled events and include a phone number readers can call for more information.

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