Six local DAR members attend 128th Continental Congress

Six local DAR members attend 128th Continental Congress

ABOVE: DAR Regent Summer Morris and Justin Morris, of Franklin. // SUBMITTED


Members of the Sarah Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Brentwood gathered this past week in the nation’s capital for the 128th Continental Congress, the service organization’s annual meeting.

Attending were Regent Summer Morris and members Aubrey Williams, Jeanne Preston, Melissa Grove, Katie Thrash, and Rachel McKinley Ray of the Sarah Polk Chapter, which is based in Brentwood.
Morris, of Franklin, was recognized on the platform at Educational Awards Night as a two-time Tennessee Outstanding Junior. The chapter also achieved Platinum Status for subscriptions to the American Spirit Magazine.

While at Congress, members attended formal evening events and various business sessions.

On opening night Alex Trebek was honored in absentia with the DAR Americanism Award, and the ceremony featured a performance by Dean Malissa, the world’s leading portrayer of George Washington. The National Defense Night Ceremony welcomed Lt. Gen. Nadja West, Surgeon General of the United States Army. Other national awards were handed out during the week to outstanding individuals celebrating excellence in historic preservation, education and patriotism.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the hard work and accomplishments of the past year, including the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars to preservation, education and patriotic endeavors and the contribution of millions of hours of volunteer service in our communities,” Ann T. Dillon, President General, said.

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored annual gathering that has been held in Washington, D.C. since the organization’s founding 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 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.

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