Happy 125th Anniversary DAR

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
October 11, 2015

The 125th anniversary of our founding is finally here!  Just imagine how far we’ve come since that day in 1890 when a small group of women sat in a living room in D.C., taking the first steps to create the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. We are truly the beneficiaries of their incredible vision.  Not content to rest on the laurels of our Revolutionary patriots, each of you has helped this Society evolve into the world’s largest patriotic lineage society and it is because of your efforts that we are able to fulfill our mission of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism.

During the National Board of Management meetings, Executive Officers, Vice Presidents General, State Regents and National Chairs dedicated the Daughters Tribute Memorial to the nearly 950,000 women who have built this Society into the dynamic, relevant organization it is. Further, it is now possible to honor a woman who has inspired, mentored or influenced you as a Daughter with a tribute through a new electronic database accessed through the National Society’s Digital Donor Wall. For a nominal fee which benefits the Guardian Trust Campaign, we can remember and honor those who helped with our application, encouraged us to take a role in our chapter, or was the first in our family to become a member. Learn more about the Daughters Tribute and how to donate here: www.dar.org/DaughtersTribute. 

Two hundred participants will celebrate our quasquicentennial during the Celebrating America! cruise October 10-17 as we travel up the New England Coast, reflecting on the voyages of our ancestors and their contributions to the cause.  Several of our members who are outstanding genealogists will offer workshops, open to all on the ship, to discover their own genealogy.  As we disembark the ship, we will spend a day in New York City visiting the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument  in  Brooklyn, a memorial to the more than 11,500 American prisoners of war who died in captivity aboard sixteen British prison ships during the American Revolutionary War. We will also visit Ellis Island in celebration of the 125th anniversary of their founding and the efforts of DAR members who taught occupational skills to those detained there.

Today, October 11, 2015, DAR members across the country will participate in the National DAR Day of Service by conducting special service projects within their local communities, which demonstrate the combined impact of our DAR mission. We hope all chapters will show their communities how DAR continues to make a difference.   With over 10,000,000 hours of Celebrate America! volunteer service during this Administration, I am confident we can reach our goal of 12,500,000 by the 125th Continental Congress with your help.

This historic milestone in our Society’s history is a celebration for all members as we reflect on the vision of our Founders and continue to strengthen this organization for Tomorrow’s DAR.  

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