Special 2001 Programs


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The Fort Bowyer Chapter NSDAR of Foley marked the grave of Private Peter Kelly, Revolutionary War Soldier, Saturday, October 27, 2001, at the McKinley Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

The over  a hundred participants included Daughters from 17 different chapters representing all four districts, Sons of the American Revolution, descendants and their families enjoyed the beautiful Fall afternoon in the quiet countryside of Southwestern Alabama.

Notables in attendance included the State Regent, First Vice Regent, Chaplain and Historian of Alabama; the State Librarian of the Florida society; and current and past state presidents of the ASSAR.

The ceremony began with a welcome from Fort Bowyer regent, Joyce Kulman Hileman, a descendant of Peter Kelly.  The presentation of colors was courtesy of the Color Guard of the Alabama Society, Sons of the American Revolution.  Various chapter members led the patriotic observances.  After the Posting of the Colors,  ASDAR Historian Janice Gentry Smith gave the “Why DAR Marks graves of Revolutionary Soldiers” followed by a biography of the patriot by family historian, Robert Jones.  The responsive reading for the dedication of the marker was lead by the regent, the chaplain, Jeanette Bozone Kulman, mother of the regent and another Kelly descendant, and the assembly.  The wreath was laid by ASDAR Regent Antoinette Jones Segraves with remembrance flowers placed by the youngest and oldest descendants.  The Color Guard provided the musket salute followed by the benediction by the ASDAR chaplain.  After the retiring of the colors, the assembly sang taps – a moving and fitting end to a lovely ceremony.

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Randy Clemmons and his search and rescue dog, Cheyenne,
provided a very informative and unique program for the Fort Bowyer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, on Monday, November 19, 2001 at the His Place Too of First Baptist Church in Foley.  Recently, they had been called upon to work at Ground Zero in New York City in an area Mr. Clemmons said was "covered with pulverized, really atomized glass."  Cheyenne wore out four pairs of booties each day working two hour shifts.  "That is about all she could tolerate and if that glass were to get between her toes it would put her down."  Cheyenne has a keen sense of smell for  things buried deep underground and though at seven dog years of age and wounded in action and retired, her fame and track record make her much in demand.  "She just can't go to places where guns are going off all the time," her owner and trainer, Randy Clemmons remarked.

Their most recent trip was to work in Honduras after Hurricane Michelle went in a couple of weeks ago.  They had also been there after Hurricane Mitch and have worked in areas  all over Africa and the world.  They are scheduled to go out again in January.  Randy showed tender love for his beautiful Golden Retriever and brushed her coat often.  Cheyenne loved the ladies and walked up to many of them to receive a pat on the head and to offer them a paw of friendship. "It takes a very special type of dog for this work," Randy continued.  " I rescued her as a puppy from an abusive situation and once I got it across to her what I wanted, now it has become all up to me to try and figure out what she is telling me.  She has found 241 living people.  She once found a girl in Nicaragua who had been buried 9 days and she survived.  At the World Trade Center, I had to bring her out of there after two weeks, it just broke her heart that she couldn't find anyone alive."  

He showed some unusual museum pieces he has collected from his travels under the auspices of the World Health Organization  through

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