Daughters of the American Revolution enjoy patriotic gathering

It was an extremely patriotic day for members of the John Bartram Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Cindy Kolevar, vice regent of the John Bartram Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, presents Revolutionary War speaker Jack Ciotti with a certificate of appreciation during a recent meeting.

At the group’s meeting this past Friday, speaker Jack Ciotti talked about the experiences of a Revolutionary War soldier. Attired in a military uniform from his collection, Ciotti discussed the day-to-day life of a soldier at that time.
Ciotti shared plenty of interesting details about those soldiers, including a requirement that they had to have their incisor teeth so they could bite off the top of their powder holders to load their muskets.

Villager Megan Koch shows the Braille American flag that was presented to her on Friday by members of the John Bartram Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ciotti also brought examples of the clothing and dishes that were used by the military in the war to win our freedom from the British. And he discussed many of the hardships the soldiers were forced to endure.

The group then presented a framed Braille American flag to Villager Megan Koch, who has been blind since birth. As her fingers touched the flag, she began “reading” the Pledge of Allegiance aloud to the members present.

“It was a very emotional moment for Megan and everyone present,” said chapter member Claudia Jacques. “Braille flags have become a focus of the John Bartram Chapter. We are in the process of erecting a monument at the Florida National Cemetery for those veterans who have either lost their sight in battle or from illness.”