Daughters of the American Revolution Convene in Washington, D.C.
115th Continental Congress held in DAR Constitution Hall
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation's capital will welcome more than 3,000 members of one of its foremost service organizations this week, with the arrival of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for their 115th annual Continental Congress. The opening night ceremonies of the five-day event will be held in DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. Keynote speaker, entertainer Wayne Newton, will be honored with the DAR Founders Medal for Patriotism for his dedicated work as chairman of the United Service Organizations (USO) Celebrity Circle. The evening's ceremonies will also celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the USO and the Honorable Edward A. Powell, CEO of the USO, will be in attendance to accept a DAR recognition award on behalf of the USO. Later in the evening, Sound Portraits Productions will be honored with the DAR Motion Picture, Radio and Television Award for its StoryCorps project to instruct and inspire Americans to record each others oral histories for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Among the others to be honored by the DAR during the convention will be John Gonsalves, whose organization Homes for Our Troops builds and remodels homes for wounded veterans, and Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman since World War II to be awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat. Robert G. Heft, designer of the United States of America fifty-star flag will speak at the Saturday evening ceremony, followed by the presentation honoring the DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History and the DAR Good Citizen of the Year.
"Its inspiring to see so many Daughters make the trip to Washington to celebrate their hard work in their hometown communities, said Presley Merritt Wagoner, President General. The reports of our members enthusiastic dedication to historic preservation, education, and patriotism make it clear that DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across the country.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 168,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR is also the publisher of the award-winning magazine American Spirit. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.