Local Delegates Represent Liberty, Texas in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2012 - Members of the Libertad Chapter based in Liberty, TX were in attendance at the 121st Continental Congress, the annual convention of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and a time-honored tradition that has been held in Washington, D.C. as the annual national meeting of the membership since the organization’s founding in 1890. This week, the nation’s capital welcomed more than 3,000 members of one of its foremost service organizations located in the Society’s National Headquarters which occupies an entire city block. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from around the world gathered to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends.

Guest speakers for the opening night ceremonies were renowned Abraham Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, who received the DAR History Award Medal, and Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, who received the DAR Americanism Award given to distinguished naturalized citizens.

On National Defense Night, an evening that honored our Nation’s military personnel and veterans, the keynote address was delivered by General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret.), Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Holly Petraeus was also honored during the ceremony with the first ever President General’s Medallion for her lifelong commitment to supporting military families. Additional awards that evening were presented to a former female combat photographer, the Army Nurse of the Year, and outstanding volunteers for veterans. During the week, the DAR also honored the Outstanding Teacher of American History, exceptional high school scholars, as well as individuals dedicated to community service, conservation, lifelong leadership and patriotism.

While at Congress AdaFay Schmidt and Nancy Brandli, Delegates from Liberty, TX attended the National Defense Luncheon, Historic Preservation awards, Texas Tea, DAR business sessions and award ceremonies.

"It's inspiring to see more than 3,000 members travel to Washington to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year to preserve the past, enhance the present and invest in the future," said Merry Ann T. Wright, President General. "Attendees showed great enthusiasm to participate in seminars and workshops during the conference to enhance their work of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism back in their communities. The reports given at our Continental Congress made it clear that the DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across America."

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. 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. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org or www.youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

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