The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to honor the Vietnam Veterans during the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Department of Defense sent pins and Commendation letters to present to the Veterans. Nationally, local DAR chapters began honoring the Veterans in many ways.

The St. Joseph Bay Chapter of DAR as its Vietnam Veterans Project concentrated on beautification of Clifford C. Sims Veterans Nursing Home in Panama City. The Port St. Joe community has donated over $7,000 to this project. Clifford C Sims was a native of Port St. Joe and awarded the Medal of Honor. This project has provided the veterans at Sims with 18 large blue pots filled with white and red flowers all around the facility. Large game boards were hung on the walls of the two screened porches, along with two large flag pallets and colorful military posters representing each branch of the Military Services. Three cabinets (red, white and blue) were placed on the Game Porch for storage and a CD player will provide music for each of the porches. The rear patio was enhanced with two red benches placed between the blue pots. Numerous yard art in the form of wind whirligigs, chimes and gazing balls completed the rear patio.

On Jan. 10, an Open House was held hosting Sims’ family, local dignitaries, donors, and DAR guests to view the Beautification Project. St. Joseph Bay Chapter plans to continue supplying the plants for the blue planters on the Sims Veterans Home grounds.