Friday, October 18, 2013
The Winyah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its annual National Defense Luncheon on Wednesday at Pawleys Plantation.
The featured speaker was Brig. Gen. Walter F. Johnson, Ret., a U.S. Army veteran.
Chapter regent Katharine Sullivan welcomed guests after the Georgetown High School NJROTC Color Guard presented the colors and the Drill Team performed.
Claudia Bessinger, chaplain, gave the invocation.
Lunch included chicken cordon bleu, honey glazed carrots and whipped potatoes.
Johnson's illustrious career has included membership in various organizations on the local, state and national levels.
He and his wife, Doris, have six children and 14 grandchildren.
He served in the U.S. Army Medical Services Corps, retiring as a brigadier general, and has received numerous awards including the Order of the Palmetto, highest civilian honor awarded by the governor of South Carolina, and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime of Leadership Award.
Focusing on the topic of international relations, Johnson spoke about the recent issues in Syria, specifically how war was averted after President Barack Obama drew a line in the sand about chemical weapons.
He said that since there are so many different groups in Syria with different agendas, it is fortunate that we avoided going to war there.
“The American people are tired of war,” Johnson said. “We love freedom and we are willing to go out of our way to preserve others' freedoms, but we have been involved in wars for more than 75 years.”
He said the positive results of the situation in Syria were that chemical weapons have been taken out of that country and there has been a move toward peace, surprisingly with the help of Russia.
Sullivan told Johnson after he spoke that a donation would be made to the Tamassee DAR School near Walhalla.
Tamassee means “the place of the sunlight of God.”
Tamassee DAR School is a private 501-c(3) non-profit children's home and family services organization offering multi-faceted programs to serve children and families with a variety of needs.
For more information about the Tamassee DAR School, visit the website at www.tdarschool.org.