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Crane's Ford DAR & Cranford Dramatic Club Team Up to Entertain Veterans

From left to right: Barbara Krause, Nicole Birtwistle, Alice Birtwistle, Rachel Birtwistle, Jessica Birtwistle, and Miranda Birtwistle and Bonnie Cierkowski. Credits: Mary Leonard

BERNARD TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Crane’s Ford chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently teamed up with the Cranford Dramatic Club Community Theater of Cranford to entertain hospitalized veterans at the VA Lyons Medical Center.

The visit was planned by DAR Veteran Committee chairwoman Alice Birtwistle, Chapter Regent Mary Leonard and Barbara Krause, the leader of song.

“Our DAR chapter has been visiting the Veterans Health Care facility for over 40 years and each year as we are leaving the facility we feel such an accomplishment knowing we brought some joy to the veterans we met,” Leonard said. “The veterans are always so thankful and show their appreciation to us for spending the afternoon with them.”

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Anjanette Valiante from the Cranford Dramatics Club organized the arrangement of patriotic songs as she accompanied the singers on piano. Birtwistle’s daughters, Nicole, Rachel, Jessica and Miranda volunteered as well.

“The best part of our visit is seeing the veterans singing and enjoying themselves,” Leonard said. “The freedoms we have today is because of the veterans who put on the uniform and fought for America.  By our chapter visiting the VA center, I feel it is a very small way of saying ‘thank you for your service.’

Snacks and drinks for the veterans were provided by the DAR thanks to donations from Costco, ShopRite, Stop & Shop and Wegmans.

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