• Photo by Lee Ellen Benjamin - Writers Sue Berry and Frances Whatley, long-time member of the Trammel’s Trace chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) at a special reception Thursday, Dec. 7, at the American Legion Hall in Atlanta. The pair authored a book entitled “Treasured Memories of WWII Veterans,” which retells the stories of 60 Cass County veterans of World War II.

Trammel’s Trace NSDAR unveils WWII journal

The Trammel’s Trace Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) introduced the publication “Treasured Memories of WWII Veterans” Thursday, Dec. 7, at the American Legion Hall in Atlanta at a special reception. 
The book is a collection of stories from 60 Cass County veterans, which was a 4-year labor of love by chroniclers Frances Whatley and Sue Berry. 
The date is especially important as it commemorates Pearl Harbor Day and author Berry’s brother served in Pearl Harbor during World War II (WWII).
Many of the veterans featured in the book were on hand to receive copies of the book. Alternately, the text was presented posthumously to appreciative family members. 
“You know they say that this was the greatest generation, but after hearing their stories, I truly believe they are.” Whatley said. “We have gotten so much out of this work; more than we ever thought was possible.”
The writers thanked the many people who assisted in the creation of the book:  editors, lawyers, researchers, transcribers, interviewers and family members who supported the venture. They were especially grateful to Latricia Kennedy, who conceived the idea and to the many veterans who spoke so candidly about their experiences.
The journalists thanked the Trammel’s Trace Chapter of the NSDAR for this unique opportunity and pointed out that they were friends before the project began, but agree they are even closer now.  
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has a 125-year legacy of service to our nation. Since its inception in 1890, more than 950,000 women have become members. 
The DAR has a mission to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism, which is as relevant today as it was when the founders established the Society. There are chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as 13 other countries.
To purchase a copy of the “Treasured Memories of WWII Veterans” from the Trammel’s Trace Chapter of the NSDAR, contact Chapter Regent Traci Jones at tracibob@swat.coop.

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