Looking Back on 2016 and Setting a Guinness World Record

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
December 20, 2016

We are counting down the days until we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome a New Year. Reflecting on the past year, it has been one of many DAR successes. DAR members volunteered millions of hours of service as well as provided thousands of dollars to students through scholarships and to local historic, educational and patriotic projects through our grant program. We celebrated the 125th anniversary of DAR Continental Congress in grand style and showed how DAR honors our heritage by giving back to our communities on the 2nd annual National DAR Day of Service.

One DAR memory from 2016 stands out in my head, as I'm sure it does in many of yours. Please join me in reflecting on one of our highlights of the year with this video...

This wonderful video recounting our journey setting the Guinness World Record has been posted on the DAR Headquarters Facebook Page, Twitter and YouTube so we can share our story with the world! Now it's your turn to help spread the story to others. Use the "Share" button on our social media pages to show your friends, family and community members the video. Post the video on your own chapter or state websites or social media channels. Download the video and show to the school children who helped write letters. Don't be shy -- share the video with your local news media and tell how many letters you and your local community personally contributed to help set the world record! 

DAR setting a Guinness World Record for collecting the most letters to military personnel in one month was such an exhilarating experience. It truly -- and most visibly -- demonstrated that when DAR members work together we can do anything! You and your local communities should be so proud of your amazing patriotic spirit in collecting a world record number of letters to send to our nation's military. We heard many touching stories of gratitude from the service members who received your cards.

For so many reasons this year, we really did prove why DAR members are officially amazing!

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