Under the inspiring leadership of Auxiliary member Irene Tilghman, DAVA Unit 86 continued their special holiday tradition of decorating a tree for Flagler County’s 13th Annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths.
On November 29, Irene, her husband and DAV Member Lee, Auxiliary members Nongual Dollar and Dawn Vello, DAV Member and liaison to Unit 86, Marty Feidler, and her granddaughter Liz Chavez, decorated our tree in red, white and blue ornaments, streamers and other paraphernalia celebrating all branches of the military services. A framed placard stands beneath the tree identifying the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and our mission.
After having lost our prior tree in the DAV headquarters move, Elaine Becker, one of our quilting mavens, donated a new tree to the unit. Irene and Lee Tilghman donated the lights and several special bulbs for the tree, Jen Suggs, a craftswoman par excellence and employee at Hobby Lobby also donated special bulbs for the tree. Dawn Vello provided the tree with red heart ornaments, military campaign banners were made by Claudia Parker, and Ginny Woods donated additional red decorations. The white doves were donated by Nongual Dollar. Red, white and blue military ornaments were donated by Marty Feidler, and Marty’s daughter, Tina Chavez, donated a tree skirt and stars for the tree.
Thanks to all those who both donated and decorated the DAV Auxiliary tree for this year’s Festival. Special thanks to former DAV Commander Georgia Peters for alerting our Unit to the cherished tradition.
The DAV Auxiliary tree is one of almost 65 trees in the Festival. The trees and wreath decorations will be on display at the Flagler County Public Library at 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW until December 30. Take this opportunity to visit and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season!