Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Marco’s DAR Honors American War Veterans, Past and Present


Photo by Peggy Eckhold | The Reverend Dwight Elam wore a Revolutionary War uniform as he described contributions of the American women at Valley Forge to Marco Island’s Daughters of the American Revolution.

Marco Island’s Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) wants all Marco Islanders to help them honor the 160 military veterans who are buried at Marco Island Cemetery on Saturday, December 14th. Volunteers will place a wreath at each grave, saying the name of the veteran aloud and thanking them for their service to our country.

It’s part of National Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 1,600 locations throughout the United States, at sea and abroad.(www.wreathsacrossamerica.org)

Members of the DAR and the Marco Island’s veterans’ organization are arranging the local event and the noon ceremony.

For more information or if you have a loved one who is a veteran buried at the Marco Island Cemetery, please contact DAR Regent Pat Hancock pathancock21@yahoo.com, or Ellen Camm at 317-372-1174, ellencammg@gmail.com.

Wreath laying wasn’t the only topic at the Marco DAR meeting at the Island Country Club November 21. The featured speaker was Revolutionary War scholar and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Florida State Chaplain, Rev. Dwight Elam.

Rev. Elam told the chapter about the bravery and patriotism in his presentation of “Ladies of Valley Forge.”

Rev. Elam said the American fighters brought with them their wives, mothers, and children, who also endured the hardships of that long winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777-1778. General Washington believed that the men should learn “soldiering” and that the women should take care of the domestic needs, even with the meager resources available. Rev. Elam emphasized that the women’s contributions included not just the expected cooking, laundry and sewing, but also spying on the British. 

DAR has 180,000 members in 3,000 chapters worldwide. Members are women 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot in the American Revolution. Luncheon meetings are at 10:30 AM on the third Thursday of each month. Members also meet casually between meetings, just for friendship and fun. Potential members and visitors from other chapters are welcome. Please contact Pat Hancock pathancock21@yahoo.com, 319-530-5006.  

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