Matt Lasley | GC News-GazetteJoanne Deweese accepts a gift from the Grayson Springs DAR on behalf of her mother, Dorothy Popplewell, who served in the armed forces.

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Joanne Deweese accepts a gift from the Grayson Springs DAR on behalf of her mother, Dorothy Popplewell, who served in the armed forces.

The Grayson Springs chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted a first-of-its-kind event to honor Grayson County's female veterans on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The DAR is a non-profit, non-political women's volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

According to Grayson Springs DAR Regent Donna Wilson, the local chapter has learned that there are more than 30 female veterans currently living in Grayson County, and, alongside county government, sought to honor them with Saturday's program.

Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson attended the program to read and sign a proclamation declaring Nov. 18 to be Female Veterans Day in Grayson County.

Following Henderson's proclamation, DAR Vice Regent Linda Peterson introduced the Pride of Kentucky Chorus, which provided the morning's entertainment, performing various songs in barbershop quartet style.

The speaker for the event was Teddi Embrey, LTC U.S. Air Force (retired), who shared slides and stories of her deployment in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2003, during which she served as a Support Commander.

Embrey was originally supposed to be in Afghanistan for only three months; however, a stop-loss was called when the Iraq War commenced, so her deployment was extended several months.

Embrey encouraged attendees to continue to pray for the people of Afghanistan, as well as those currently serving in the United States armed forces.

After Embrey's presentation, DAR members recognized Grayson County's female veterans by service branch, Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy. Each veteran received a small gift as a token of appreciation for her service.

"On behalf of all of the

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Grayson Springs DAR, simply saying 'Thank you' is not enough," Wilson said. "We are not only honored but proud to live in a nation where this kind of courage exists. We are truly grateful for your service to our country."

The event concluded with all female veterans in attendance gathering for a group photo. Wilson also said that the DAR will continue to search for more female Grayson County veterans to recognize them for their service.

The Grayson Springs DAR is looking for new members, as well, and any woman 18 years old or older may join by documenting her lineage to an ancestor, either male or female, who aided the American Revolution.

For more information, email graysonspringsdar@yahoo.com or call 270-879-3082.

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Joanne Deweese accepts a gift from the Grayson Springs DAR on behalf of her mother, Dorothy Popplewell, who served in the armed forces.

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Local female veterans of the United States Air Force stand to be recognized during Saturday's DAR event.

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Grayson Springs DAR Chaplain Judy Paxton, right, assists with DAR rituals during Saturday's event alongside Regent Donna Wilson.

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Local female Army veterans gather for a photo during Saturday's DAR event.

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The Pride of Kentucky Chorus performs during Saturday's DAR event honoring female veterans in Grayson County.

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Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson addresses attendees of Saturday's DAR event honoring female veterans.

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Several of Grayson County's female veterans gather for a group photo during the Grayson Springs Daughters of the American Revolution event held in their honor on Saturday, Nov. 18.

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Female veterans of the Marines pose for a photo during Saturday's DAR event.

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Five Navy veterans stand to be recognized during the Grayson Springs DAR event honoring female veterans.

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Grayson Springs DAR Vice Regent Linda Peterson introduces the event's entertainment, the Pride of Kentucky Chorus, of which she was formerly a member.

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Teddi Embrey, LTC U.S. Air Force, retired, served as the guest speaker during Saturday's DAR event and discussed her tenure in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2003.