Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Wreath Laying at Arlington Cemetery

One of the duties of the National Chaplain of NSDFPA is to prepare a wreath-laying ceremony at the end of General Court.  The wreath is used during the annual memorial service where one carnation is inserted for each member who died during the preceding year.

This year, the memorial wreath was placed at the grave of one of our Honorary National Presidents, Anne Holle, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Anne Carter Baldwin was born on 2 May 1907.  She was married to Major General Charles G. Holle.  They lived in Washington DC.  She was a member of several lineage societies in addition to the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.  She served NSDFPA in several capacities, including National Corresponding Secretary from 1967-70 and National President from 1970-73.  She died on 26 November 2002 and is buried next to her husband and his first wife.

National President Irene Walker knew Mrs. Holle and gave a lovely personal tribute to her.  To add to the ceremony, it was a beautiful day and the Cherry Blossoms were blooming.

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