The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children.
Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.
The local Rockwall chapter of DAR — spearheaded by committee member Marilyn King — serves veterans during the Christmas season by hosting a yearly shopping opportunity at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Bonham. Many of the veterans, who are hospitalized there, do not have an opportunity to shop for gifts and mail them to their loved ones.
This year, the Rockwall chapter served almost 200 veterans in four days at the Bonham VA Hospital, assisting them with gift selection and mailing of gifts.
Additionally, the Rockwall chapter joined with the local East Fork-Trinity Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) to promote patriotism and provide historical information at the City of Rockwall’s Christmas Parade. The DAR and SAR wore authentic clothing of the period.
Following the parade, the Rockwall chapter met for a luncheon and meeting in the home of member Mary Harrison. Members Carol Skoglund (treasurer) and Joy Greenwalt (librarian/public relations) received the “True Bearings Award” for chapter service from the Rockwall Chapter Texas Society, NSDAR. Regent Mindy Lovell presented the awards.