2021 Annual Eisenhower Society Birthday Commemoration Luncheon
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, the Society held its 51st commemoration of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birth. At 12:00 noon a short commemorative program, scholarship presentations, the presentation of the J. Milnor Roberts ROTC award was held at the Dobbin House as a rainy storm front forced cancellation of our outdoor wreath laying at the Eisenhower statue. Vice Chairman Dr. Walton Jones spoke about President Eisenhower’s Constitution Day proclamation in 1956. Trustee and Program Committee Chair spoke about the Spanish Flu pandemic and shared Eisenhower’s recollections from his book, At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends.
Following the program, the Eisenhower Society members enjoyed a fabulous buffet luncheon at the Historic Dobbin House, 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg. Our luncheon speaker was Major General Andrew B. Davis, USMC Ret., CEO of the World War II Foundation. The World War II Foundation produces films to educate the next generation about that history. To date they have produced 29 films which are available for free via their website. General Davis’ talk was entitled Elvis and the USS Arizona. Few people know that Elvis Presley helped to raise funds to build the USS Arizona Memorial, but his benefit concert in Hawaii in 1963 put the fund-raising effort over the top so construction could begin. In addition to his excellent program, General Davis provided all luncheon guests with a gift bag which included a DVD of the film.
Special thanks to our sponsors, Priscilla Roberts, Lt. Gen Harry E. Soyster, Tony TenBarge and Kenneth Weiler for covering the costs of lunch for the Allied Veterans Council of Adams County color guard who presented and retired the colors for our commemorative ceremony.
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