The Daughters of the American Revolution paid a visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center this past weekend with more in mind than simply seeing what goes on at the hospital. Members of the organization from both the United States and Germany came to present LRMC’s Wounded Warrior Ministry Center project a check for $25,000.
***image1***Prior to making the generous donation, President General Presley Marritt Wagoner of the DAR and the rest of the group toured LRMC, the largest military medical facility outside the United States. Serving as a guide for the DAR tour was Chaplain (Maj.) Randy Wren, who expressed amazement at the outpouring of support shown by the many donations of money and clothing that arrive daily from various sources.
“The DAR really has a heart for our wounded warriors,” Chaplain Wren said. “They told me they were totally impressed by the way we care for our wounded servicemembers.”
The DAR group was moved at one point while stopping in the intensive care unit and hearing a letter written by a parent of a Soldier who died in Iraq.
“The tour was fantastic,” said Janice Speer, DAR chapter Project Patriot chairman who also is a Red Cross volunteer at LRMC. “It was very eye-opening for our group and for the President General, who had come from the States to be with us. I learned more in that tour with Chaplain Wren than I’ve ever known in two years of volunteering at the hospital.”
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
Though DAR membership has certain criteria, any woman at least 18 years of age is eligible to join, provided she can prove lineage to someone that aided in the fight for America’s independence.
For more information on Daughters of the American Revolution, visit www.DAR.org.