COAST CITIES — Charla Boodry and Wanda Prosser, members of the Oceanside Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), joined about 18 DAR Daughters and friends at the National Guard Armory in National City to serve home-made food to the California National Guard troops stationed along the state’s southern border.
District Director Donna Pearson, San Diego Chapter First Vice Regent Kathleen Winchester and Desert Palm Regent Leigh Humphrey, did their duty in the kitchen, preparing a meal of Shepherd’s pie, macaroni and cheese and a tossed salad.
“We were aided by two strapping guardsmen who removed the heavy pans of food from the oven after each batch was cooked,” Pearson said.
After a prayer from the chaplain and the pledge of allegiance, the men and women came through two lines of servers and then on to tables set up for them. Red Velvet cake and ice cream topped off this home cooked meal. Prosser asked a Guardsman if the lunch had “hit the spot.” He responded with a big smile saying, “Yes, Ma’am. I hope you’ll do this again some time.”
More than 100 members of the Guard came through the lines — some more than once — and about 50 meals were boxed up and taken to the troops who were on duty and couldn’t make it to the Armory.
“Even though the Daughters were pooped at the end, we left knowing that the Guard felt our love and our great sense of pride in their service to our country,” Boodry said.