Celebrating women of our country

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Saturday afternoon the Daughters of the American Revolution honored four women in a special ceremony.

"It's like honoring one of our soldiers. It's a patriotic honor," said Margaret Marasco with the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The group promotes education and historical preservation. However, at this service, they wanted to honor the women who once served our country.

"If one of our soldiers comes home and you know he's buried in Arlington National Cemetary, it's a honor for him. And that's the same with our daughters, so we mark their graves because of the work that they've done with the nation and their country," said Marasco.

For 39 years, Harry Griffith was married to one of those service leaders. Her name was Claudette Griffith. But many knew her as Cudet. In 2003, she lost her battle with cancer, but before that she spent several years serving our country.

"Those that knew her, knew that she was a very outgoing person, loved life and certainly enjoyed the fellowship that was brought about with the DAR," said Griffith.

The women honored at the service were Cudet Griffith, Edith Draper, Alvina Bristow and Dorothy Smith.