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The United States Semiquincentennial Commission, established in July 2016, assumes the task of facilitating nationwide plans to observe the 250th anniversary of the United States. Leading up to the commemoration, this body will play a central role in shaping the anniversary narrative on a national level. Members of the group will solicit ideas about how to mark the anniversary, meet within the hallowed walls of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to develop a plan, submit recommendations for the consideration of the President and Congress, and assist with the execution of the approved itinerary.

Eight members of Congress, 16 private citizens and 9 federal officials, including the Secretary of State, Librarian of Congress and Archivist of the United States, comprise the committee roster.

DAR Honorary President General Lynn Forney Young has been honored with a seat on this national commission. Commissioner Young was appointed to serve by Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

As a past President General of the DAR, who served from 2013–2016, Commissioner Young brings proven leadership and planning ability to her new post. Her service on the Commission gives voice to the 185,000 current DAR members, who represent not only the descendants of the men and women who achieved American independence, but also women who live in communities across the nation and around the world. These dual qualifications will inform Commissioner Young’s contributions to the Commission, as well as DAR initiatives tied to the 250th anniversary celebration, which are currently taking shape.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is honored to be represented on this prestigious Commission with a mission so closely aligned with the National Society’s founding principles. 

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President Barack Obama signed the bill into Public Law 114-196 on July 22, 2016.

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