For the past 92 years, the New York State Officers Club has served as stewards perpetuating the legacy of Margaret Corbin by organizing a memorial and wreath-laying at the monument each spring. The Margaret Corbin Monument placed by the DAR in 1926 remains the only monument to a woman veteran on the grounds of West Point.
In 1976, women joined the Corps of Cadets, establishing the first class of women at the United States Military Academy. That same year, West Point formed the Margaret Corbin Forum to educate the Corps on women’s roles in the military and to resolve issues integrating women into the Academy. Today, the Forum’s Motto is “Educate. Empower. Inspire.” and the New York State Officers Club is proud to host many of those women cadets at the West Point ceremony in May every year.
DAR also highlights her enduring legacy every year during Continental Congress when presenting the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award to a distinguished woman in military service. The award honors both historic efforts of this female patriot and a contemporary woman whose own military service carries on the selfless spirit of Margaret Corbin.
For more information:
“Margaret Corbin’s Legacy Lives On” by Jennifer Minus, New York State Officers Club President. Today’s DAR Blog, December 5, 2017.