John Bartram Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is celebrating its ninth birthday on December 7, 2022. We have experienced unprecedented growth since our inception and now have almost 200 members. Most of our members are retired, have diverse backgrounds, and come to The Villages area from every state in the union.
As DAR members we all share the common bond of having an ancestor who helped contribute to America’s independence. It has now been 245 years since our country declared its independence. We have the opportunity to raise the awareness of our chapter’s Patriots, creating interest in who they were and how they helped accomplish the birth of our nation. Some were statesmen, soldiers, militia, or minute men. But some were just ordinary citizens who rose to the challenge of helping in any way they could and at great personal peril. Remember, during the American Revolutionary War, the British had issued proclamations throughout the colonies promising rewards to those who joined them, protection to those who remained quiet, and death to those who resisted. It was not easy for the average person to be patriotic.
If it was not for these brave men and women, we would not be here today to celebrate as Daughters of the American Revolution and citizens of the greatest country in the world. The opening ritual to our chapter meetings symbolizes all that we honor; God, Home, and Country. We have a flag of stars and stripes that is the emblem of our nation. We have the National Anthem as the song telling the story of that flag during the fight to defend our young nation.
We will focus our activities on ways to embrace our chapter’s goal of honoring the memory of our Patriots and leaving a legacy of accomplishments in historic preservation, education, and patriotism that we can proudly pass on to future generations.
For more information on our chapter, please contact us.
In DAR Fun, Friendship, and Service,
Cindy Kolevar, Regent