DAR honors Nixon family of Chilmark for work with soldiers

DAR honors Nixon family of Chilmark for work with soldiers

On Friday, DAR MV Sea Coast Defense chapter members Susan Brown (left) and Donna Honig (right) presented Bob and Sarah Nixon with a community service award from the National Society of the DAR, in honor of their work with American servicemen and women. — Photo courtesy of Helen Neumann

On Friday, Susan Brown and Donna Honig of the Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Defense Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR MV) presented Bob and Sarah Nixon of Chilmark and Washington, D.C., with a community service award from the National Society of the DAR, in honor of the Nixon’s work with soldiers.

Last week soldiers, both active and retired, some still recovering from battle wounds suffered in Afghanistan, spent five healing days on the Island accompanied by family members at the invitation of the Nixon family of Chilmark, owners of the Beach Plum Inn, Menemsha Inn, and Home Port restaurant.

It is all part of the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge, a fishing respite now entering its fifth year that began when Jack Nixon, then 7, saw a newspaper photo essay about the challenges facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and told his dad, a documentary filmmaker, he wished some veterans could fish the Derby.

Also present at the ceremony were DAR members Mary Ellen Hill and Hellie Neumann.