John Bartram Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating its eighth birthday on December 7, 2021. We have experienced unprecedented growth since our inception and now have over 175 members. Our membership is limited to residents of The Villages and their guests due to the regulations of our age-restricted community. Most of our members are retired, have a diverse background and coming to the sunshine state 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 and helped anyway they could when saw the need or heard the call for help at great personal peril. Remember, during the Revolution 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 for independence.
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 that we can proudly pass on to future generations.
In DAR Fun, Friendship and Service,
Cindy Kolevar, Regent