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D.A.R. awards for good citizenship and media excellence

Elinor Farmer of the D.A.R. presents Good Citizenship Award to Breanna Lytton. Pictured are (from left) Elinor Farmer and Breanna Lytton

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

The Count Pulaski Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently honored two Pulaski County natives at a gathering held at the Thorn Spring Golf Course and Event Center.

Elinor Farmer, Committee Chair of the Good Citizenship Award, presented Pulaski County High School senior Breanna Lytton with a certificate for Good Citizenship at the afternoon meeting. Lytton read an essay that she had earlier submitted to the D.A.R. about modern day notions of gender flexibility and about the dangers that society faces because of this concept. Noting that the founding fathers would have considered this idea to be outrageous, Lytton called for America to once again embrace the values from which it was founded.

Lytton was also given a check for $100 as part of her award. She graduates soon from PCHS and plans to attend Virginia Tech to begin studies in the medical field.

Gary Cox, an earlier graduate of PCHS and native of Draper Mountain, was presented the Media Award by D.A.R. Regent Carol Smith.

Gary Cox received the Media award for his acclaimed and highly detailed documentary about the battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. Cox made the documentary after attending the 150th anniversary of the battle in 2014. Cox also made several postcards commemorating the event and these, along with his DVD, are available at several gift shops in Virginia.

Aside from being a native of Pulaski County, Cox has good reason to be interested in the battle because his great, great-grandfather, Isaac Sumner, fought in the battle on the side of the Confederacy.

“He survived the battle but was captured in the Shenandoah Valley,” Cox explained. “He was sent to Camp Morton, a P.O.W. camp in Indianapolis, and was part of a prisoner exchange at the end of the war. He died on the train ride to his home.”

Today Cox lives in a Victorian house just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and spends much of his time renovating his home.

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