On Saturday, December 5, 2020, the Fayetteville Chapter of NOW held their annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Beryl Lorraine Mitchell, an Army wife who was murdered by her soldier husband in 1974. Fayetteville NOW and the Quaker House in Fayetteville started remembering Mitchell with an annual wreath laying ceremony in 2007, when Mitchell’s daughter finally laid a grave marker for her mother. 2020 is the 12th year that Fayetteville NOW has done this annual graveside wreath laying. Fayetteville NOW and friends remember Mitchell and others like her, as well as those left behind, and they talk about the problem of Domestic Violence that continues to plague those in the army as well as civilians.
Current and past members of Fayetteville NOW and the Quaker House attended. The program is shown below (on lavender paper). The event included a welcome and close by the Fayetteville NOW President, Pam Carver; speeches from 2 members (former Fayetteville NOW President, Roberta Waddle and former Director of the Quaker House in Fayetteville, Chuck Fager) and a sharing of facts about DV by attendees. CV facts were provided by organizers. Read more about Mitchell and this event at “A Marker for her Mother: A Survivor’s Journey,” 10/24/2016, written by Fager. Fager had connected Mitchell’s daughter with Fayetteville NOW to do the first memorial.