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Palatinate chapter business meetings are held at various locations throughout Germany, each Chapter member has an opportunity to hostess a meeting and showcase their "hometown" in germany. Here are our upcoming chapter meetings:

September 20, 2014 - 11:00am - 2:00pm - Heidelberg

                                                                    Please RSVP to Katherine Hansen (katherine.w.hansen@googlemail.com) or

                                                                                                  Cary Costa (carycosta@hotmail.com)     

October 26-29, 2014 - Mrs. Lynne Forney Young, President General NSDAR will be coming to Germany to visit 

26 Oct: 6:00pm Chapter dinner with the President General at Burg Lichtenberg Castle

27 Oct: 8:30am Landstuhl Hospital visit, Fisher House, Wounded Warrior and USO visits

28 Oct: 9:00am Zweibruecken tour and luncheon    

November 8, 2014 - 11:00am - 2:00pm - Eppstein-Taunus (near Frankfurt)

January 10, 2015 - 10:00am - 1:00pm - Tiffin Fox's house near Ramstein

Last Sunday of each month the C.A.R Chapter holds a "SKYPE" meeting.

 

Other Chapter events throughout the year.....

March  - St. Patrick's Day Parade in Munich - www.stpatricksday.de

April 15, 2015 - Palatinate Chapter 16th Anniversary

May - Hochfelden, France Wreath laying ceremony at WWII Memorial.

The ceremony is in Hochfelden, France, which is just an hour and a half from Ramstein and 2 hours from Wiesbaden.  Our chapter will present a wreath and we would love to have as many DAR members present as possible. If you are interested in attending please contact Chapter Regent and I will send you more information.

        The ceremony dates back to 7 June 1953 when the monument to American soldiers lost in France was dedicated at the site of the Hochfelden cemetery at the grave of LT John Rahill.  LT Rahill was killed during a German mortar attack on Dec 2, 1944 when he was just 20 years old.  At the conclusion of the war, Lt Rahill's mother, Mrs Clara Rahill sent a letter simply addressed to "The Mayor of Hochfleden, France" in the hopes of learning any details of her son's grave site.  Mrs Lilly Haag, the wife of the mayor of Hochfelden, responded and ensured Mrs Rahill that her son was being well cared for by grateful Alsatians at a beautiful site on the outskirts of Hochfelden.
        In 1949, the US government planned to close the Hochfelden Military Cemetery and transfer the remains of the 1,000 soldiers buried there to either a nearby permanent cemetery in St Avold or return them to the United States.  Mrs Rahill and Mrs Haag once again worked together to ensure LT Rahill's remains would not be disturbed.
       They began a letter writing campaign that involved some of the most powerful men in France and the US, including General Dwight D Eisenhower and French General Maurice Force.  With the support of these two men, both governments agreed to turn over the responsibility of caring for the remains of LT Rahill in perpetuity to the town of Hochfelden.
        A civic organization, Alsace Reconnaissante a'lAmerique (Alsace is Grateful to America) raised funds for a special monument.  June 7th, 1953 the monument to American soldiers lost in France was dedicated at the site of Hochfelden Cemetery and the grave of LT John Rahill.
       A Memorial Ceremony has been held every year since then and commemorates all American sacrifices for the liberation of France from Nazi Germany in WWII.

 

June 24 - 28, 2015 - The chapter sends a voting delegate to Continental Congress in Washington DC. 
                                     Watch live from www.members.dar.org

As part of NSDAR Continental Congress, we are proud to feature items from Germany for sale at the Units Overseas Luncheon.

 

 

   
   
 

 

 

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