Many Missouri DAR members gathered in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City on Friday, July 14, to witness the unveiling of the newly restored plaque honoring World War I soldiers who died in service during 1914-1918 and were relatives of Missouri DAR members.
The plaque was placed in 1926 to honor our 43 “Missouri Boys” and had become almost illegible during the 91 years it has been displayed.
It has been restored to its original condition with the names now easily read. Relatives of the soldiers were invited to attend.
The 2 p.m. ceremony was led by Joanna Bradley, MSSDAR State Historian.
Anne Keller, Past State Regent and Registrar of the Pike County Chapter, led the “American’s Creed” which was repeated in unison.
Bradley gave a brief outline of WWI and MSSDAR state Chaplain, Renee Pace assisted in reading a biography of each of the soldiers.
Research for the biographies was done by Recording Secretary General Morgan Lake, honorary state regent, and she read “In Flanders Fields”.
Pike County Chapter Secretary Marilyn Johnson also attended the event.
She submitted the research for Kenneth E. Patton, son of John Samuel Patton and Nellie Pharr Patton of Clarksville.
Johnson discovered during the research, that Clay and Walter Logan of Louisiana were related to Patton as their grandmother, Martha Winifred Stark Logan was a cousin of Nellie Pharr Patton.
Both women were charter members of Pike County Chapter when it was organized in 1911.