DAR members collected 100,904 letters to military personnel in one month to set a World Record in Patriotism!
To celebrate the National Society’s 125th Anniversary and the culmination of the Celebrate America! volunteer service initiative, DAR members channeled their fervor for patriotism and dedicated support of our nation’s military service members toward an ambitious goal. During the week of the 125th Continental Congress, held in June 2016 at DAR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, the organization set an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title in patriotism for “most letters to military personnel collected in one month.”
Achieving this ambitious goal required the National Society to collect and then mail at least 10,000 letters to active-duty service members. Members across the country rallied in support of the effort, which was governed by strict rules. Many wrote personal messages, but because individuals could write only one letter each, they also enlisted help from their communities. Girl Scouts, schoolchildren, even the governor of Georgia, and many more caring citizens contributed cards and letters to the project.
Watch the video of the full World Record Presentation at the 2016 DAR Continental Congress: