WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed more than 4,000 members to the nation’s capital the week of June 13 as they celebrate the 125th anniversary of their annual Continental Congress. DAR continues to focus on promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Those scheduled to represent the Urbana Chapter were Judith Henson, Regent, of Urbana, and Pat Detwiler, Vice Regent, of West Liberty.
Festivities included a celebration of the National Parks Service Centennial Anniversary, as well as recognition of the Broadway sensation “Hamilton: An American Musical,” presented with the DAR Media and Entertainment Award.
Students and those committed to education were honored, including the national American History Essay Contest winners, the DAR Good Citizens, the American History Scholarship winner and the Outstanding Teacher of American History.
Mary Tedesco, genealogist and co-host of Genealogy Roadshow, discussed behind the scenes stories of the PBS television show and her journey to becoming a DAR member. Attendees also learned more about the new DAR DNA Group hosted on the Family Tree DNA website. President and CEO of Family Tree DNA Bennett Greenspan was introduced.
On National Defense Night, an evening that honors military personnel and veterans, the keynote speaker was Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald.
DAR also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the USO and welcomed President and CEO Dr. J.D. Crouch, along with the USO Show Troupe. Awards were presented to the Army Nurse of the Year, the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award for distinguished women in military service and outstanding volunteers for veterans.