Dr. Tom Wetzel, center, spoke at the May meeting of the Micajah Pettaway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. With him are chapter Regent Frankie Powell, left and. Jerri Blanton.

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Dr. Tom Wetzel, center, spoke at the May meeting of the Micajah Pettaway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. With him are chapter Regent Frankie Powell, left and. Jerri Blanton.

Speaker stresses importance of freedom to DAR

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The Micajah Pettaway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met in May for its last meeting of the year.

Regent Frankie Powell said that meetings will resume in September with programs to help honor family, preserve history and support those who serve our country.

The speaker for the May meeting was Dr. Tom Wetzel. His program was entitled “Silent Eyes.” Wetzel was introduced by Jerri Blanton.

Wetzel is a native of Clarksburg, W.Va. with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in speech and English. He has done doctoral study at Case Western Reserve University. He taught college English and political science and now resides in South Port.

He expressed how there has been a change in the concept of the United Stataes from its founding to the present. He said that we should take a hard look at the country today. He asked how can we explain to the men and women whose eyes were bright when they fought for independence during the Revolutionary War the unrest, arrogance and violence of our country today? Many people today take their freedom for granted. Wetzel said that we have a government of laws that today people choose to obey. He said not to let those who try to destroy by not following the laws to take our freedom from us.

Freedom comes with a price, he said.

“We still have men and women who fight today for our freedom. People from other countries are still trying to come to the United States. We have the opportunity for a better life if we work for it. We are the caretakers of America. It is our responsibility to take care of our nation and our freedom,” Wetzel said. “To be born free is an accident, to live free is our responsibility.”