Daughters have carried the torch of patriotism since the DAR was founded in 1890 and still carry it today. Love of country is distilled from ancestors who fought for our freedom and it is one of the bonds that connect us to our honored heritage and to each other.
Patriotism is the foundation of many DAR activities that take place in communities across Connecticut and occur almost every day in one Connecticut DAR chapter or another. Here are a few examples:
Katie Gabrielson of the Trumbull-Porter Chapter NSDAR in Watertown recently received a Department of Defense award from the Vietnam War Commemoration Committee. The award was given in appreciation for her chapter’s efforts to honor Vietnam War Veterans and their families at a very special chapter dinner held in their honor.
At a recent Mary Wooster Chapter NSDAR meeting in Danbury, Connecticut, members tied together bundles of Christmas cards with stamped envelopes and a thank you card. The bundles were sent to wounded, ill, or injured veterans at VA hospitals for their use during the holiday season.
Veterans Chair, Carol Wilder-Tamme, is all packed up and ready to drive a car brimming with donations from the Good Wife’s River Chapter NSDAR in Darien, Connecticut, to the Veterans Association Hospital in West Haven. The donations totalled over $1300.
In early December, many Connecticut DAR chapters participate in the Wreaths Across America program or a similar program in their community. They gather with fellow citizens to place holiday wreaths on veterans’ graves in local cemeteries. Many members also help with wreath clean-up in the frigid temperatures of January.
A DAR member plays in the Company of Fifers & Drummers during a memorial service for a longtime member of their company. The group also plays at many commemorative events keeping the spirit of the American Revolution alive to all who hear them perform.