The Archibald Bulloch Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a park bench on Sunday at Rockwell/Edgewood Acres Park, in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The DAR, which is comprised of the descendants of the Patriots who won American independence, was founded on October 11, 1890, as a service organization to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Members of the local Archibald Bulloch Chapter will play host to a dedication ceremony at Rockwell Park, Edgewood Acres, at 3 p.m. Sunday.
“Our chapter, which was organized in 1963, carries out the important mission of the National Society here on the local level,” said Chapter Regent Martha M. Wells. “We’re excited to demonstrate the vibrancy and contributions of today’s DAR by serving our local community as Daughters have been doing throughout the nation for 125 years.”
There are currently nearly 180,000 members of the DAR, serving in approximately 3,000 chapters across the nation and in several foreign countries. More than 940,000 women have joined the organization since its founding 125 years ago.
“Interest in membership is at all-time highs due to both the ability to share genealogical information through the internet and the fact that we offer today’s busy woman a meaningful opportunity to express her love of country and to complete the joyful responsibilities of citizenship,” said National Society DAR President General Lynn Forney Young.
During the current three-year administration coinciding with the 125th anniversary celebration, the organization has issued a challenge to complete 10 million hours of service to America. DAR members from coast to coast will also participate in the National DAR Day of Service on Sunday.
“Here in Statesboro, the Archibald Bulloch Chapter, for example, serves by promoting Constitution Week every September and Flag Day in June, as well as other patriotic events; supporting our Veterans and Project Patriot; supporting the DAR Schools across the United States, and working in our community to further historical preservation throughout the year,” Wells said. “We are proud to carry out DAR’s mission to celebrate our American way of life. All women who can document descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot are encouraged to consider the many benefits of joining. We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter, and we have volunteers available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership.”