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DAR lay wreaths on patriots’ graves

Joan Koechig family then, Denise and Lily Fluhr and at the far left, Stacy Bohning members of the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter.

Each December, the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution participates in Wreaths Across America by laying wreaths on patriots’ graves.

“We are proud of the service of these St. Charles County Veterans,” Helene Reece, regent of the Caroline C Stuart Chapter, said. “We want to make sure these men and women’s role in our country is never forgotten. We can ensure this by placing wreaths on the graves during the holidays.”

 One hundred years ago, the Missouri DAR surveyed the state and marked a number of the Revolutionary War graves. This year, the descendants of Revolutionary War Patriot Samuel Wells were on hand to help mark his grave located along Hwy. K.

The Joan Koechig family, descendants of the Samuel Wells who lived in the area joined in the ceremony – Marvin Koechig, president of Fernando de Leyba SAR chapter, Will Spratt, member of FDL and Hogan Spratt, six-time great-grandson of Samuel Wells and a member of FDL chapter.

“Our goal is to bring this tradition to our community and open it up to all who wish to honor a veteran,” Reece said. “Many of these veterans no longer have family who can do this, so it is a privilege for us to honor their service in this simple way.”

The DAR’s mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information about the DAR, contact Regent, Helene Reece at (636) 284-7535.

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