In my recent visit to the 115th Michigan State Conference, State Regent Diane Schrift presented a book of poems by Kathleen Ripley Leo, a member of the Sarah Ann Cochrane Chapter, which was commissioned in honor of our 125th Anniversary. Kathleen wrote ‘Days of Grace’ as a tribute to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. I hope you are as moved by this poem as I am.
Days of Grace
These are our days of grace.
125 years strong, and we celebrate
those who gave women
who had no power to vote
or hold property, or control their lives,
a way to serve with a woman’s heart.
A woman’s heart is as deep
as the endless sea, and bounds
to the height of the shining stars.
She is a...Read More
Before three in the afternoon 235 years ago today, October 7, 1780, the American Army was tired, starving, almost completely demoralized, and frustrated by the deadlocked war in the North and Lord Cornwallis’ complete domination going on in the South. At that moment in time, Lord Cornwallis’ army in the South had a string of overwhelming victories and was riding the momentum out of South Carolina and into North Carolina. Lord Cornwallis’ plan was to conquer North Carolina and Virginia, as he had Georgia and South Carolina, and deliver a deathblow to Washington’s army by surrounding them in the North. Then 3 o’clock struck, and, as if by apparition, so did an untrained militia of 910...Read More
As we close in on our 125th anniversary, I wanted to share this video of our Honorary Presidents General reflecting on our Society’s more recent history. They give delightful anecdotes about what inspired them to join DAR, special moments from their administrations, and also advice for how Daughters can make the most of their membership.
It was so special for us to be able to record the memories of all of our living Honorary Presidents General in celebration of our anniversary.
This video first aired at Continental Congress last summer and it can be viewed on our website at www.dar.org/celebrate125/videos along with many other special...Read More