Saturday, April 23, 2016

Episcopal women revisit Bethesda history

From Florida-

Leigh Anne Brown shared the story of how a soldier in love kept the parachute he used to land in Normandy on D-Day. When he returned home from war, he asked his fiancée to turn it into a wedding dress.

“They enjoyed a beautiful 55-year marriage as a result of that,” Brown said. “Even in spite of separation and war and tragedy, true love wins.”

Brown owns multiple parachute gowns as part of her vintage wedding-dress collection. The Hillsborough County resident displayed 17 pieces Thursday at the annual meeting and tea of the Episcopal Church Women at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

The ministry of and for women has been active in the community for 126 years, according to Mary Allen, president of the ministry’s board. Episcopal Church Women leaders organize events, raise money for charitable causes and support improvements to Bethesda.

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