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Spotlight: Washington Crossing Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.

The Washington Crossing Chapter DAR promotes these missions with a variety of local activities.

The chapter sends care packages to U.S. troops, donates time and support to veterans in local nursing homes, supports local U.S. Citizenship naturalization ceremonies, celebrates Constitution Week, donates to Liberty USO projects, is registered as a Vietnam Commemorative Partner, and is proud to be a Wreaths Across America fundraiser supporting the Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Historic preservation efforts included the recent recognition of the Langhorne Community Memorial Association for its efforts to preserve and maintain the historic Richardson House in Langhorne, PA.

The chapter also offers an American history essay contest for local school students, sponsors the Pennsbury High School AFJROTC unit, offers the DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest to area high school seniors, holds an annual contest to recognize a local teacher of American History, and sponsors the Washington Crossing Society of the Children of the American Revolution and a local Junior American Citizens club.

Chapter meetings typically are held on Saturdays, September through May, at the Lower Makefield Township Community Center. Meeting programs offer historic, patriotic and educational themes.

DAR welcomes any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

If you believe you have an ancestor who may have participated in a military, civil or patriotic capacity during Revolutionary times, the chapter has genealogy research specialists who will be happy to assist you in documenting your lineage. For more information, visit www.washingtoncrossingdar.org or e-mail washingtoncrossingchapterdar@gmail.com.

PHOTO CAP: As an annual holiday tradition, the Washington Crossing Chapter DAR places hand-decorated wreaths on the Revolutionary War soldier graves in Washington Crossing Historic Park.

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