For 125 years, the Daughters of the American Revolution has carried the torch of patriotism. Love of country was the purpose; ancestors who fought for freedom was the bond that connected women to unite to form an organization that honored heritage and worked to ensure a bright future for our children. Patriotism is the foundation of the many DAR activities that take place in local communities across the state.
DAR Service for Veterans
Michigan Daughters are generous in their support of veterans. Chapter donations appear en masse when the call is made. Gift cards are collected and donated to VA hospitals. “Treat her like a lady” female veteran care bags are collected, stuffed with personal health care items, and distributed to VA clinics throughout the state. Each December members “Turn On Our Heart Lights” and encourage friends and neighbors to place a white candle in their window for active and veteran military.
DAR Project Patriot
DAR of Michigan encourages ongoing support of our active duty military. Members donate stamped cards for the Holidays for Heroes program for those stationed abroad to have holiday cards to send to friends and family. Chapters “adopt” soldiers to send care packages to throughout their deployment. Daughters are often wearing RED (Remember Everyone Deployed) on Fridays.
In October 2016, DAR of Michigan sponsored the Welcome Ceremony and participated in the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Detroit. Every crew member received a goodie bag chock full of Michigan treats.
The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal was established in 2014 and is awarded through the DAR National Defense Committee. It is presented to a first responder, veteran, active-duty military member, or civilian who has distinguished him or herself in the defense of community, state or country. To date, Michigan chapters have recognized eight individuals with this honor, including five veterans from three wars, two first responders, and one active-duty military personnel.
Chapters are encouraged to award the five National Defense medals to qualifying candidates: Gold ROTC Medal, Bronze JROTC Medal, Silver DAR Outstanding Cadet Medal, DAR Youth Citizenship Medal, and DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal.
Photos courtesy of Jeanne McMillan, Job Winslow Chapter NSDAR; Tammy Cruickshank, Chief Shawano Chapter NSDAR and Peggy King Scully, Louisa St. Clair Chapter NSDAR.