A national non-profit is remaining committed to its mission more than 125 years after being founded.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) seeks to preserve history, educate others, and support communities throughout the United States.
“We’ve had those goals since the national society was founded in 1890,” said Jamie Card, regent of the DAR’s Prince William Resolves chapter in Dale City. “They’re really timeless goals, so they evolve with the society as our society changes.”
To meet its objectives, the local chapter honors veterans, and works alongside local schools and those owned by the DAR.
It also recognizes historic landmarks, such as the Brentsville jail.
Women interested in joining the DAR must prove their lineage to a patriot who served in the American Revolution.
They can do that by visiting Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., or visiting the DAR website.
They can also reach out to a member, which is how Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson got involved in the Prince William Resolves chapter.
“For years, I had thought that I probably had the right history and the right lineage to be able to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, and members of this chapter helped me sort all that out do the genealogical research necessary,” Anderson said. “And I was so happy to find out I did have a patriot and that I could be a member.”
The organization runs various events throughout the year.
During an upcoming program, they will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the first World War on November 11.
It will be held at the Freedom Museum in Manassas.
“We’ll be doing a bell ringing at 10:30 [a.m] and honoring the veterans of Prince William County who died during World War I,” Jamie Card said.
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