Last month, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) welcomed its 1 millionth member since its founding in 1890, and members of the El Paso Chapter helped celebrate.
DAR’s members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. DAR is a non-profit that is non-political, non-religious and is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.
DAR members are committed to volunteer service, having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world in just the last three years.
El Paso’s Stoddert-del Norte Chapter, NSDAR celebrated this millionth member milestone by having a Tree Planting Ceremony at Keystone Heritage Park. This event, headed by members Brittany Smith and Judi Pierce, took place on November 23, 2019.
Keystone Heritage Park is an archeological site, archaic wetlands, and a botanical garden, where a notable work of art is the Susan Shelby Magoffin bronze statue, part of the XII Travelers Memorial.
The Chapter will have a public event to unveil and dedicate the tree in the spring.
“The chapter would like to thank Bernie Sargent, President Keystone Heritage Park, who made this exceptionally lovely location possible…[and] Sierra Vista Wholesale Growers for donating the beautiful Texas Laurel Tree,” chapter officials shared via a news release.
El Paso’s Stoddert-del Norte Chapter, NSDAR is comprised of two merged chapters, dating back to 1902. Members are of all backgrounds and ages, but they all share a passion for historic preservation, education, and patriotism and a dedication to their local community.
The chapter focuses its efforts on providing goods for local Veterans, awarding school essay awards, awarding medals to local ROTC students, and next year will focus on preserving historical sites.
Women interested in DAR membership may contact the Stoddert-del Norte Chapter, at StoddertDelNorteRegistrar@gmail.com; also connect with the Chapter on social media via their Facebook Page
To learn more about the work of DAR, visit www.DAR.org