Audubon DAR sponsors Capitol wreath event

The John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the Wreaths Across America Statehouse Ceremony Dec. 7 in the State Capitol rotunda, placing a wreath donated by the Worcester Wreath Co.

Regent Margaret Tyler and chapter members led the ceremony. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3784 provided a color guard. John Gray performed the National Anthem and “God Bless America” with vocalist Angela Smith. Veterans and other DAR chapter members attended.

Sam Caruso, a Vietnam War veteran, shared a holiday memory of his time while serving. He explained the custom of leaving an empty chair covered with a banner to remember all POW-MIAs. An empty chair was placed in front of the lectern during the ceremony.

State capitols across the country kicked off Wreaths Across America events by placing a wreath simultaneously at each state capitol. The fresh balsam fir wreath contained small flags representing each branch of the military.

Wreath sponsorships are available online at For information on joining the DAR, email

St. Louis Altar Society has Christmas event

The St. Louis King of France Altar Society held its Christmas luncheon Dec. 7 at Don’s Seafood and Steak House.

President Teenie Bajon and the Rev. Juel Kandulna greeted those who attended. The Rev. Jack Nutter, the church’s former pastor, was a guest, as were Margaret Blackwell, Janice Lee, Marilyn Nijoka, Lorraine Wax and Emily Seale. “Elves” Calvin Bajon and Ovide LaHaye presented door prizes.

Officers attending were Linda Musso, treasurer and membership chairwoman; Barbara Schmitt, social chairwoman; and Betty Baughman, corresponding chairwoman.

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