DAR Chapter will establish a memorial garden at Bushnell Florida National Cemetery

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the burial of an unarmed soldier by members of the American Revolutionary Guard, John Bartra was laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery.

The ladies, joined by a few spouses and the landlord of the cemetery, met to remove the roots and make improvements to the soil, and then planted more than 100 ground coverings and flowering plants in red, white, and blue. They were joined by retired Meredith Smith, who had been waiting for the tomb for many years. Smith placed white roses near the Never Forget sign in the garden.

Mered Smith is a retired soldier who has been guarding the tomb for years.

Claudia Jacques, of DAR John Batram Chapter, said:

Planting the garden was one of the many ideas suggested by NSDAR to celebrate the holiday. Members from all over the country also participated in planting in their homes or other gardens Locations. Earlier this year, the chapter donated copies of Jeff Gatesfeld’s book “Twenty-One Steps” to the local school library. The book describes many of the functions of the guards known as the Centenarians and is completely isolated.

Never forget the Florida National Cemetery
Never forget the Florida National Cemetery.

On November 11, DAR President General Denise Dorning Van Buren and other officers laid wreaths at the grave of an unidentified soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

“This will continue DAR’s commitment to protect historic sites and locations,” Jacques said.

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