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Local DAR honors Ruth Fitzgerald
Local DAR honors Ruth Fitzgerald

Date published: 2/15/2009

Many events coming up for Army auxiliary

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary had its February meeting at the Salvation Army annex, with Miriam Gregory presiding. Jane Clark presented the devotionals. Membership Chair Frances Vaughn introduced several guests and new members. Capt. Christine Harris introduced Shirley Baker, formerly of the SA Newark Corp. of England.

Proceeds from cookie sales at the Fredericksburg Community Band Concert totaled more than $179 for the SA Youth Band. The next cookie sale will be during the Fredericksburg Community Band's May 9 concert at James Monroe High School.

Kim Mitchell gave a report on the Shoe Fund. Zena Hemp announced that the annual SAWA Toyland Riverboat Cruise will be held May 30. Carolyn Law is chair of the nominating committee. June 9 will be installation of SAWA officers at the Country Club.

Harris invited members to attend the Salvation Army National Music Sunday at the SA church March 29. SA and SAWA serve the city of Fredericksburg and Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George and Westmoreland counties. SAWA's primary focus is helping disadvantaged children

--Jane C. Clark

Local DAR honors Ruth Fitzgerald

The Washington-Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Ruth Coder Fitzgerald for her years of crocheting lap robes for the veterans at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond.

In the past year alone, Fitzgerald has made more than 100 lap robes, as well as caps and scarves, for the men and women at McGuire Hospital. She recently had a friend creating afghans for the veterans, as well.

Fitzgerald has been very active in the Fredericksburg area for many years. She spent nearly a decade working to get a memorial plaque dedicated to Vietnam veterans on Veterans Day 2004. The plaque honors the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died from causes linked to their service.

Fitzgerald's book, "A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania, Virginia," is a comprehensive look at African-American history in the region.

Fitzgerald served with her husband, Barry, as a Peace Corps teacher in the Philippines.

--Linda L. Ford